Kerb 28: Decentre – Designing for coexistence in a time of crisis
Publisher: Uro Publications, 2020, ISBN: 9780648685869, Format: Softcover magazine, 210 x 297mm, 128pp
2020: Bushfires, drought, mass extinction, global heating, oceanic acidification, superstorms, and finally pandemic. Human-centric development has brought great violence to the land and other beings, but we are now enduring a series of crises that force us to confront our ecological entanglement.
Ian McHarg argued that landscape architects “must become the stewards of the biosphere”. But perhaps this position too sits within the tradition of human-centredness? Bruno Latour contends that “the sin is not to wish to have dominion over nature, but to believe that this dominion means emancipation and not attachment.”
Kerb 28 looks through a broad lens toward ideas, practices and knowledge that better enable coexistence. What role can design play in imagining and embracing forms of agency that will allow us to co-inhabit earth with non-humans?
Contributors include Dan Hill, Timothy Morton, Terike Haapoja, Claire Martin, Janet Laurence, Stephen Mueke, Gina Athena Ulysse, Hannah Hopewell, Nina Lykke and Camila Marambio and more.
Kerb is an annual cross-disciplinary design journal produced through the department of landscape architecture at RMIT University School of Architecture and Urban Design.