Mediating the needs of human and natural nonhuman stakeholders: Towards a design methodological framework

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More-than-human approaches to design are one of the ways in which the design community is rethinking itself in the face of sustainability challenges. These approaches most often decenter humans from being the sole focus, stakeholder, or actant in design processes. However, currently, there is a shortage of more-than-human methods and tools that would be applicable in day-to-day design practice. In this paper, we, as one of the academic partners in a transdisciplinary consortium project, report results from our preliminary work and early insights towards developing a design methodological framework that would support the mediation of human and nonhuman needs in design. We view the concept of needs as a boundary object and, through semi-structured interviews with the consortium members, explore perspectives on ‘needs’ within the consortium. Then, we discuss five areas of complexity that our team needs to consider and further learn about while developing the design methodological framework.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Design Research Society Conference (DRS2022)
EditorsDan Lockton, Sara Lenzi, Paul Hekkert, Arlene Oak, Juan Sádaba, Peter Lloyd
PublisherDesign Research Society
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventDesign Research Society International Conference - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 25 Jun 20223 Jul 2022
Conference number: 25

Publication series

NameProceedings of DRS
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDesign Research Society International Conference
Abbreviated titleDRS
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