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Claudia Westermann

The question of how architectural design can redefine itself as a sustainable practice, actively contributing to an inclusive and open future, has been a central focus of the lecture-based and studio modules I developed for the architecture programs at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China. Informed by second-order cybernetics, my pedagogical approach concerns the ecologies and poetics of art and design and emphasises relational thinking over entitative concepts.

This presentation provides a theoretical framework for my cybernetic design pedagogy, drawing primarily on the pedagogical approaches of the designer and cybernetician Ranulph Glanville and the artist and cybernetician Roy Ascott. It then proceeds to introduce the transgenerational collaborations established in response to the RSD12 hub theme involving four of my former architecture students and four senior members of the American Society for Cybernetics, forming four teams comprising both junior and senior collaborators. These teams are characterised by their transgenerational, transcultural, and transdisciplinary composition. The four junior collaborators contribute their previous studio works and related essays. The four senior ASC collaborators bring expertise in cybernetics, theatre and performance, ecology, media, and organisational design.

KEYWORDS: ecologies of design, wicked challenges, transgenerational collaboration, cybernetics in art and design education

RSD TOPIC(S): Architecture & Planning, Society & Culture, Socioecological Design




Citation Data

Author(s): Claudia Westermann
Year: 2023
Title: Ecopoetic Formations for Transgenerational Collaboration
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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