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Mapping Abstract Futures (ADIM 2019)

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The future we need to explore is more abstract than it is concrete. As designers, we are constantly conjuring ideas based on a concrete world to improve what we have already seen. Within these predetermined frameworks, we unintentionally bring our own biases to planning the future based on what we know and what we consider safe. However, methods of gathering evidence must reveal the essential dynamics and tensions of the individual in the context of society. The cultural system that represents this process of adaptation can be plotted as a system of language that reflects the dynamics between the concrete and abstract worlds. A craving for such emotional intelligence requires that we expand our binary world into an abstract space for which only the human brain has the capacity. We need such a systematic view in order to think intuitively on multiple levels at the same time.

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Mapping Abstract Futures (ADIM 2019)

  1. 1. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design Mapping Abstract Futures Timothy Stock, Marie Lena Tupot scenarioDNA, Parsons the New School for Design 1
  2. 2. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 2 what future is embedded in our designs?
  3. 3. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 3 machines for living design as engineering utopia
  4. 4. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 4 machines for living design as engineering dystopia
  5. 5. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 5 the echo of design design foresight propagates a bias towards layers of repeated materiality
  6. 6. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 6 materiality ambiguity the future is more abstract than concrete
  7. 7. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 7 personal policy the privacy paradox
  8. 8. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 8 weather climate change the sustainability paradox
  9. 9. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 9 knowns >>> unknowns efficiency >>> purpose rethinking design user >>> human concrete >>> abstract
  10. 10. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 10 Arena Facade Blindspot Unknown [capability] [adaptability] [obsolescence][trade-offs] unknown knowns known unknowns knowns unknown unknowns The Johari Window (Luft & Ingham 1955) revealing blindspots and unknowns is critical to our complex futures
  11. 11. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 11 understanding these unknowns in the context of emerging social traits Arena Facade Blindspot Unknown [capability] [adaptability] [obsolescence][trade-offs] unknown knowns known unknowns knowns unknown unknowns
  12. 12. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 12 emergent traits feathers were not the predictor of flight the biology of social change
  13. 13. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 13 mobile phones were not the predictor of loneliness emergent traits the biology of social change
  14. 14. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design IDENTITY CONCRETE POLICY RITUALSYMBOL DISRUPTIVE FUTURE EMERGENT FUTURE ESTABLISHED FUTURERESIDUAL FUTURE 14 ABSTRACT using corpus linguistics to reveal the language and patterns of emerging traits A system and method for culture mapping. Source: U.S. Patent No. US9002755B2.
  15. 15. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 15 design critique must be better rooted in how these social facts emerge and adapt Facade Arena Blindspot Unknown Johari Window Externalities Emerging Traits disruptive residual dominant emergent Culture Map abstract layer concrete layer Now/Fading 1-2 years 2-5 years5+ years
  16. 16. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 16 Facade Arena Blindspot Unknown externalities Johari Window the future of technology resides in the abstract domain [obsolescence] (what separates us from machines)
  17. 17. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 17 the language of privacy is the essential emergent trait of human freedom Symbol Policy Identity Ritual emergent traits Culture Map
  18. 18. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 18 our designs must better consider the protean nature of humans Facade Arena Blindspot Unknown externalities Johari Window [adaptability]
  19. 19. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 19 the language of the hack is the essential human framework for usability Symbol Policy Identity Ritual emergent traits Culture Map
  20. 20. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 20 considering abstraction in the relevance of brands in a changing society
  21. 21. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 21 evaluating national identity in evolving context of fukushima and economic uncertainty Facade Arena Blindspot Unknown
  22. 22. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 22 sourcing the emergent traits of japanese individualism in sport self- actualization bukatsu sport on my own time non- japanese sports concrete layer abstract layer
  23. 23. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 23 sport as an index of emerging societal wellbeing concrete layer abstract layer knowns unknowns
  24. 24. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 24 considering abstraction in defining the future framework of food from farm to fork
  25. 25. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 25 the shortcuts we take the way we produce changing behaviors black swans the sustainable meaning of food is shaped by blindspots and unknowns
  26. 26. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 26 what we cultivate what we standardize what we share what we learn concrete layer abstract layer developing a farm to fork strategy requires syncing foresight to ongoing human change
  27. 27. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 27 food as an index of emerging societal wellbeing concrete layer abstract layer knowns unknowns
  28. 28. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 28 new zealand announces a budget guided by wellbeing
  29. 29. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 29 rethinking the critique process towards a more protean sensibility futures concrete layer abstract layer adapting to emerging dissent and dissonance investing in emerging behaviors over emerging technologies unknowns knowns
  30. 30. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design 30 futures the notes we play the notes we don’t play
  31. 31. Timothy Stock | scenarioDNA / Parsons the New School for Design Thank you. 31 @timstock stockt@newschool.edu timstock@scenariodna.com

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