This book is an essential contribution to the transdisciplinary field of critical design studies.

The essays in this collection locate design at the center of a series of interrelated planetary crises, from climate change, nuclear war, and racial and geopolitical violence to education, computational culture, and the loss of the commons. In doing so, the essays propose a range of needed interventions in order to transform design itself and its role within the shifting realities of a planetary crisis. It challenges the widely popular view that design can contribute to solving world problems by exposing how this attitude only intensifies the problems we currently face. In this way, the essays critique the dominant modes of framing the meaning and scope of design as a largely Anglo-European 'problem-solving' practice. By drawing on post-development theory, decolonial theory, black studies, continental philosophy, science and technology studies, and more, the contributions envision a critical and speculative practice that problematises both its engagement with planet and itself.

The essays in this collection will appeal to design theorists and practitioners alike, but also to scholars and students generally concerned with how the past and future of design is implicated in the unfolding complexity of ecological devastation, racial and political violence, coloniality, technological futures, and the brutality of modern Western culture generally.

chapter |16 pages

Design in Crisis, Introducing a Problematic

ByAdam Nocek, Tony Fry

part Part I|72 pages


chapter 241|18 pages

Designing as a Futural Praxis for the Healing of the Web of Life

ByArturo Escobar

chapter 2|13 pages

Sacrifices That Do Not Work in a Crisis

ByCameron Tonkinwise

chapter 3|18 pages

When Design Goes South

From decoloniality, through declassification to dessobons
ByAlfredo Gutiérrez

chapter 4|15 pages

The Designing of Time

ByAnne-Marie Willis

part Part II|70 pages


chapter 5|20 pages

Designing in the World of the Naturalised Artificial

ByClive Dilnot

chapter 6|24 pages

Governmental Designing

On the transcendental mediation of the algorithm
ByAdam Nocek

chapter 7|22 pages

Design's Missing Others and Their Incommensurate Worlds

ByAhmed Ansari

part Part III|59 pages


chapter 8|18 pages

Unlearning and Relearning Design

ByMadina Tlostanova

chapter 9|18 pages

Knowing What Needs

Design, refusal, and making otherwise
ByShana Agid

chapter 10|19 pages

The Institutional Gap in Critical Design Studies

ByDamian White