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Visual Conversations on Urban Futures - DRS 2016

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My PhD research, as presented at the Design Research Society conference in Brighton, June 2016

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Visual Conversations on Urban Futures - DRS 2016

  1. 1. VISUAL CONVERSATIONS ON URBAN FUTURES Participatory methods to design scenarios of liveable cities Serena Pollastri - Lancaster University
  2. 2. A VISUAL HISTORY OF THE FUTURE Nick Dunn, Paul Cureton, Serena Pollastri. 2014
  3. 3. RESEARCH QUESTION What would be ways of building visions and scenarios of urban futures that articulate the plurality, differences, and conflicts that characterise the city, rather than being based on consensus and internal coherence? Image from the Collision workshop: http://blogs.lgru.net/collision/?page_id=2 (the Collision-workshops are an initiative of Pierre Huyghebaert in collaboration with http://lgru.net and Constant)
  4. 4. RESEARCH QUESTION What would be ways of building visions and scenarios of urban futures that articulate the plurality, differences, and conflicts that characterise the city, rather than being based on consensus and internal coherence?
  5. 5. Processes and artefacts that utilise visual language to enable or document voices imagining and debating possible futures for life in the city VISUAL CONVERSATIONS ON URBAN FUTURES
  6. 6. SUBJECTIVEFUTURES. WORDPRESS.COM
  7. 7. UTOPIE France, 1968-197X
  8. 8. UTOPIE France, 1968-197X “the fact that the critical column reacted to the text or the drawing was good; it produced fights, overlaps, critiques, everything you can imagine” (Jean Aubert, 2010)
  9. 9. IMAGINARY GUIDELINES Turkey, 2014
  10. 10. SUBJECTIVEFUTURES. WORDPRESS.COM
  11. 11. SUBJECTIVEFUTURES. WORDPRESS.COM visual reports games platforms little magazines VISUAL CONVERSATIONS ON URBAN FUTURES Processes and artefacts that utilise visual language to enable or document voices imagining and debating possible futures for life in the city
  12. 12. DESIGN EXPERIMENTS
  13. 13. VISUAL WRITING PARTICIPATORY SCENARIO MAKING CREATIVE SPECULATIONS DESIGN EXPERIMENTS (in the paper)
  14. 14. VISUAL WRITING PARTICIPATORY SCENARIO MAKING CREATIVE SPECULATIONS DESIGN EXPERIMENTS (in the paper)
  15. 15. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES
  16. 16. FUTURE VISIONING BREAKFASTS
  17. 17. FUTURE VISIONING BREAKFASTS
  18. 18. FUTURE VISIONING BREAKFASTS Processes of Visual Conversations on Urban Futures
  19. 19. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES Making Visual Conversations on Urban Futures readable SEREMIRU.COM/ ATLAS/EXPORT/ INDEX.HTML
  20. 20. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES Making Visual Conversations on Urban Futures readable 1. WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE? FOCUS ON EFFICIENCY as discussed in the RETAIL SECTOR WORKSHOP (a summary) The urban environment is rationalised to maximise effi- ciency, . The cyclical economy makes systems mode self sufficient. Needs are met by efficient solution, and activi- ties such as travelling and growing are just for leisure.
  21. 21. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES Making Visual Conversations on Urban Futures readable 1. WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE?
  22. 22. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES Making Visual Conversations on Urban Futures readable 1. WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE?
  23. 23. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES Making Visual Conversations on Urban Futures readable 2. WHAT WILL CITIES OF THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE? HOW WILL WE LIVE IN THEM? wellbeing eco-systems energy city structure prodyction/consumption governance policy living communities
  24. 24. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES Making Visual Conversations on Urban Futures readable 2. WHAT WILL CITIES OF THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE? HOW WILL WE LIVE IN THEM? wellbeing eco-systems energy city structure prodyction/consumption governance policy living communities ARCHITECTS AND URBANISTS
  25. 25. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES Making Visual Conversations on Urban Futures readable 2. WHAT WILL CITIES OF THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE? HOW WILL WE LIVE IN THEM? wellbeing eco-systems energy city structure prodyction/consumption governance policy living communities EDUCATION SECTOR
  26. 26. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES Making Visual Conversations on Urban Futures readable 2. WHAT WILL CITIES OF THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE? HOW WILL WE LIVE IN THEM? wellbeing eco-systems energy city structure prodyction/consumption governance policy living communities SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT SECTOR
  27. 27. AN ATLAS OF FUTURE IMAGINARY CITIES ...have a look, tell us what you think! SEREMIRU.COM/ATLAS/EXPORT/INDEX.HTML
  28. 28. VISUAL WRITING PARTICIPATORY SCENARIO MAKING CREATIVE SPECULATIONS DESIGN EXPERIMENTS this is where I have been able to try the approach so far...
  29. 29. VISUAL CONVERSATIONS ON URBAN FUTURES further research is needed! OTHER CONTEXTS? DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS/ PURPOSES? MORE EXPERIMENTS WITH PROCESSES, TECHNIQUES, MEDIA? TOOLS FOR SELF-DOCUMENTATION?
  30. 30. CONCLUSIONS (WHY DOES IT MATTER) - Visual conversations on urban futures are not themselves agents of change, but can offer a significant contribution in the early stages of processes of building scenarios for possible futures.
  31. 31. - Visual conversations on urban futures are not themselves agents of change, but can offer a significant contribution in the early stages of processes of building scenarios for possible futures. - Building alternatives to the dominant order by “making possible what apperar(s) to be impossible” (Lefebvre, 1970, cited in (Buckley & Violeau, 2011). CONCLUSIONS (WHY DOES IT MATTER)
  32. 32. - Visual conversations on urban futures are not themselves agents of change, but can offer a significant contribution in the early stages of processes of building scenarios for possible futures. - Building alternatives to the dominant order by “making possible what apperar(s) to be impossible” (Lefebvre, 1970, cited in (Buckley & Violeau, 2011). - While in times of urgent change seeking clarity and agreement might seem a much preferable route, we argue that articulating divergence is a necessary step to explore truly radical solutions. Stepping back from a solution-oriented approach allows us to critically question the present and the underlying assumptions of current research and political discourse on “growth” and “sustainability”. CONCLUSIONS (WHY DOES IT MATTER)
  33. 33. THANK YOU Serena Pollastri Lancaster University s.pollastri@lancaster.ac.uk @sere_miru subjectivefutures.wordpress.com

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