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2024

LOUISE PERMIIN

 Design researcher, educator and consultancy

Systems thinking,
experience designer
and co-design futurist.

Focus:                     Futures and Ecologies,
                                Regenerative Design,

                                Co-Design

                                Multispecies Design,

                                Sensory Design

                                Ecocriticsm

Futures and Ecologies

 

I explore the interplay between future scenarios and ecological systems. This interdisciplinary field delves into the potential impacts of various futures on the environment, biodiversity, and ecosystems. It considers how human activities, technological advancements, and societal choices shape the ecological landscape. Here, I aim to develop sustainable futures that prioritise the well-being of both the planet and its inhabitants. By examining the dynamic relationship between human society and the natural world, the focus of 'futures and ecologies' contribute to informed decision-making for a more resilient and harmonious coexistence.

 

 

 

 

Regenerative Design

 

The term "Regenerative" derives from Latin word "regenerationem", meaning "to be reborn, coming "re" (again) and "generate" (bring forward). According to biologist Daniel Wahl 'the regenerative systems require us to move beyond the limitations of the current sustainability paradigm, which seeks to reduce harm and minimise negative impacts, and instead activate a regenerative paradigme that actively contributes to to the health and well-being of multispecies actors (Wahl, 2016, p.23). I use 'regenerative design' as a mindset to rethink how current practices are effecting ecosystems and therefrom examine new ways, systems and services that can contribute in giving back to these ecosystems. 

 

 

 

 

Co-Design

I use co-design as a social and democratic process, to actively involve stakeholders in a designprocess. CoDesign is a useful practical practice when standing infront of tasks and challanges where the answer is difficult. Here Co-design can help in position questions towards a task and thereform see it from new perspectives creating alternative future scenarios amongst all involved stakeholders.

 

Multispecies Design

 

'Multispecies design' is characterized as the specific approach to design that involves entities beyond the human species. The repercussions of any design extend beyond our own kind. When gaining material resources for our designs, we extract from the earth and sea, consequently impacting the habitats of various other species. Through 'multispecies design', we can foster prolonged engagement among diverse species involved in the design process and therefrom propose new coexhistance practices, tools and methods.

 

 

 

 

Sensory Design

 

I use ‘sensory design’ to engage and stimulate user experiences across various environments, products, and services. ‘Sensory design’ encompasses a broad spectrum of considerations, including sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, to create immersive and meaningful interactions. In sensory design, each sense plays a crucial role in shaping perceptions, emotions, and behaviors.

 

 

 

 

Ecocriticism

 

I use ‘ecocriticism’ as an approach to analyse literature, art, and cultural expressions through the lens of environmental concerns and the relationship between humans and nature. ‘Ecocritics’ explores themes such as environmental degradation, conservation, sustainability, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. Through this interdisciplinary perspective, ecocriticism sheds light on the cultural attitudes, values, and perceptions regarding the natural world, encouraging deeper reflection on humanity's role in shaping and stewarding the environment.