Ecopoetic Formations for Transgenerational Collaboration (RSD12)

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The question of how architectural design can redefine itself as a sustainable practice, actively contributing to an inclusive and open future, has been a central focus of the lecture-based and studio modules I developed for the architecture programs at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China. Informed by second-order cybernetics, my pedagogical approach concerns the ecologies and poetics of art and design and emphasizes relational thinking over entitative concepts.

This presentation provides a theoretical framework for my cybernetic design pedagogy, drawing primarily on the pedagogical approaches of the designer and cybernetician Ranulph Glanville and the artist and cybernetician Roy Ascott. It then proceeds to introduce the transgenerational collaborations established in response to the RSD12 hub theme involving four of my former architecture students and four senior members of the American Society for Cybernetics, forming four teams comprising both junior and senior collaborators. These teams are characterized by their transgenerational, transcultural, and transdisciplinary composition. The four junior collaborators contribute their previous studio works and related essays. The four senior ASC collaborators bring expertise in cybernetics, theatre and performance, ecology, media, and organizational design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD12)
PublisherSystemic Design Association
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Aug 2023


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