In MIT Media Lab’s new Journal of Design and Science Joichi Ito recently wrote: “nature and the artificial are merging” (2016). As plastic debris clogs up the guts of marine animals and greenhouse gases disrupt the climate system — this coalescing of the natural and the artificial is not a benign claim. Design theory and research must distinguish between life-sustaining and life-destroying entanglements. The natural and the artificial are distinct from one another as one is the context of the other. In far too many places, design theory and research reproduces the ecologically illiterate assumptions of modernity thereby disenabling the design of sustainable futures.
Joanna Boehnert, invited respondent for DRS2016