Speculative Design


The work I’m going to talk about concerns the ways in which we can and might conceive of design. We live in an environment that’s densely textured with the products of design, and yet our ideas about design are strangely primitive in comparison. Actually, they’re riven with all kinds of unexamined assumptions, historical vagaries and stowaway politics, even when they’re presented, as in the better assays in the philosophy of technology, with some sophistication. So I’d like to offer you some ideas about this, beginning with some thoughts about the limits of design, one of which is usually thought to be the extension of its application from nonliving materials to human behaviour…