Abstract

Visions of sustainable futures have been proposed as a key component of transition design, offering a way for today’s situations and design proposals to be compared and critiqued in the light of desired future states. Such ambitions are necessarily wide- ranging, and call for drawing together strands on design and speculation from diverse sources. Here we seek to add to the momentum by exploring a set of concepts relating particularly to this role of vision in designing for transitions. Building on perspectives and projects from other fields, we present elements of a visionary vocabulary, situating these terms in relation to challenges and opportunities for transition thinking and practice in design research.

Keywords:

futures, imaginaries, visioning, transition design

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Jun 25th, 12:00 AM

A Vocabulary for Visions in Designing for Transitions

Visions of sustainable futures have been proposed as a key component of transition design, offering a way for today’s situations and design proposals to be compared and critiqued in the light of desired future states. Such ambitions are necessarily wide- ranging, and call for drawing together strands on design and speculation from diverse sources. Here we seek to add to the momentum by exploring a set of concepts relating particularly to this role of vision in designing for transitions. Building on perspectives and projects from other fields, we present elements of a visionary vocabulary, situating these terms in relation to challenges and opportunities for transition thinking and practice in design research.

 

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