DAY 1 / TECHNOLOGY / WITH EMIEL RIJSHOUWER & PETER PELZER
12: Post-Fossil City Design Battle
A session in which design for debate techniques are used to discover what a post-fossil city would look like.
Scepsis and lack of imagination are the causes for the fact that until now only slight progress is made in the transition towards a fossil-free world. Innovations are not implemented as rigorously as could be, partly because images of the future are still rooted in mostly fossil based technologies and lifestyles. But even if we decide only to design for the post-fossil city, there is a plurality of visions and ideas of how to achieve this. By technological advancement? By fundamentally changing human behaviour? This workshop is meant to explore how design could contribute to this debate by applying imagination, visualization and critical design, and design for debate techniques to support one of both positions and to combat or to convert the other.
So in this workshop – which will literally be like a battle – design techniques are used to make propaganda, to argue, and to debate. With the intention to make the contents of the debate visible to a wider audience, and maybe to identify some common ground…
During or after this session there will be a debate on the premises each idea, proposal, solution or design is based upon and which consequences it potentially has. From the session it should be obvious that knowledge and technology – and hence solutions and design – are not neutral, but political!
Moderator: Emiel Rijshouwer, industrial design engineer and sociologist.
Guest: Dr. Peter Pelzer, researcher at Urban Futures Studio and initiator of the Post-Fossil City Contest.
The human inquisitiveness and endeavour have resulted in technological marvels as well as in monstrous threats. Climate change is one of them. Are we going to sit back and just witness technological evolution carving out its coercive path, or are we going to make an effort to compel a more beneficial interplay between technology and our planet? In this series of workshops philosophers, scientists, writers and designers will investigate the pro’s and cons of science and technology.