Design Ecologies 3.1: chthonic deluge present a possible future, images of unprecedented catastrophe and collapse, of certainties and values distorted beyond repair or retrieval, and to craft them with the conviction of the seen; the unseen through the swirling devilish bombardment of objects in a sublime frenzy of forces in the whimpering, emotionally-exhausted wasteland of the twenty first century. Through the hysterical oscillations of implosion and explosion there will be a prophecy of planetary exhumation or ecological deluge.
For Design Ecologies 3.1: chthonic deluge, we have the Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts to write the ideation article in response to the other article selected for this issue of Design Ecologies.
Design Ecologies was set up as a platform for state-of-the-art experiments that link architecture, technology and philosophy. Dividing its remit between events - most recently exhibitions and seminars at the Architectural Association and the Royal College of Art - and publications, Design Ecologies officially launched with its inaugural journal issue in January 2011. A second issue, The Unprimed Canvas - named after an offhand remark by Francis Bacon, to the effect that he considered the process of painting to start with priming the canvas, not assuming it had already been primed - followed later that year, and saw Timothy Morton contribute an editorial. The third issue, the Ill-Defined Niche, we had the editorial written by the inimitable Nick Land. The next issue, a sentient relic, will hit the shelves December 2012. We are honoured to have Professor Sir Peter Cook RA, founder of Archigram, former Director the Institute for Contemporary Art, London (the ICA) and Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century.
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We invite submissions of articles from any discipline to speculate on the formation of your projects/ buildings/ performances as a critical practice that activates our understanding of intuition, inventory and discovery in architecture.
The four areas of interest include:
1. Ecological design visions.
2. Notational design
3. Instructional design visions.
4. Aesthetical design visions
We also welcome case studies and project profiles of 1–5 pages in length
Submissions are welcome from both scholars and practitioners. Contributions may be between 3,000 and 7,000 words and should be accessible to the non-specialist reader. Papers must be submitted in English.
Please send all submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideation article will be written by Peter Watts, (author of Blindsight)