The Decentralization Turns in Design: An Exploration Through the Maker Movement

Massimo Menichinelli, Priscilla Ferronato

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This article recollects paradigms and turns in the Design research and practice integrating several contributions and elaborates a new proposal arguing that the current changes are not about a single shift from one center to another, but rather the decentralization and distribution to several new centers becoming thus a system of Decentralization turns in Design. This system is structured with eight turns: Do It Yourself approaches to Design, Open Design, Network Science approach to Design, Distributed Manufacturing, Design and Locality, Design and Decolonization, Posthuman Design, Design, Data, Software and Artificial Intelligence. These eight turns are transforming design practice and research along eight dimensions (meta, who, what, where, how, tools, process, scale), here explored through the context of the Maker Movement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign and Semantics of Form and Movement
Subtitle of host publicationDeSForM 2019, Beyond Intelligence
EditorsSara Colombo, Yihyun Lim, Miguel Bruns Alonso, Lin-Lin Chen, Tom Djajadiningrat, Leo Feijs, Jun Hu, Steven Kyffin, Elif , Lucia Rampino, Edgar Rodriguez Ramirez, Dagmar Steffen
Place of PublicationWellington
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement: Beyond Intelligence - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States
Duration: 9 Oct 201911 Oct 2019
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameDesign and Semantics of Form and Movement
ISSN (Electronic)2706-6150


ConferenceInternational Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement
Abbreviated titleDeSForM
CountryUnited States
Internet address


  • Decentralization
  • Design Turns
  • Maker Movement
  • Posthuman

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