Designing for decay
Hi all, I’ve started working on a new book project about decay, in economic and natural terms, and also as a foundation for alternative philosophies and cultures of wellbeing. Design has an important place in this book project as I’ve been sketching and imagining it, and I’m interested, in particular, in design practices that pursue a reconciliation with the reality and even the necessity of decay. Contemporary experiments with earthen architecture as an alternative to concrete, for example, structures that must be shored up and maintained through ongoing labor. Or ventures in biodegradable packaging that balance the need for effective containment with the need for decomposition. Or any other way of building into things or places or structures an acknowledgment of the larger life-cycle of growth and decay, life and death. I know there are all kinds of really interesting experiments out there, I’ve been following a number of them myself. But what comes to mind for you? Are there projects or works or writings out there that you know about, maybe even your own? Happy to pursue any leads you might suggest, whether studio projects or existing work or relevant writings, thanks!
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