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Introduction: Design Anthropological Futures

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  • Mette Gislev Kjærsgaard, SDU Design, SDU Design_MCI, Mads Clausen Instituttet, Denmark
  • Joachim Halse, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Denmark
  • Rachel Charlotte Smith
  • Kasper Tang Vangkilde
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  • Thomas Binder, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Denmark
  • Ton Otto
Design Anthropological Futures explores futures and future-making from a design anthropological perspective. Here futures are not understood as striking visions created and implemented by scientists or designers, but rather as collaborative explorations of situated possibilities, formations and actions at the intersection of design and everyday life. The term futures relates both to the theoretical and practical engagement of design anthropology with futures and future-making as a subject – futures in design anthropology – and to the exploration of possible future directions for the discipline itself through such engagements – futures of design anthropology. Through various design anthropological investigations at specific sites – from care homes to corporate organizations, eco-homes to museums, Rio de Janeiro to Italy – this book critically addresses a number of dominant perspectives on, and approaches to, futures, including implied assumptions of singularity, linearity, locality and novelty. In the following we briefly elaborate on these themes and propose alternative perspectives for a design anthropological approach to futures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Anthropological Futures
EditorsRachel Charlotte Smith, Kasper Tang Vangkilde, Mette Gislev Kjærsgaard, Ton Otto, Joachim Halse, Thomas Binder
Number of pages15
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publication year2016
ISBN (print)9781474280624, 1474280609
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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