Why the Publication?
or almost the last three years the Design Department of Queensland College of Art (QCA) has been developing and teaching ´design futures´ from the perspective of ´sustainment´. The approach is based on the view that the current model sustainability, and sustainability design education, is insufficient, locked into sustaining the status quo, and in many cases flawed. The fundamental proposition of design futures so framed is that there is an imperative to educate designers to deal with the challenges of the future as they accelerate toward us. In response, what has been adopted is a rethinking of what design is and does, how it can be strategically deployed in new ways and how it can be a major change agent in the creation of ´sustainment´ - which is a process to counter unsustainability as the negation of the future of human life and all it depends upon. To take this thinking seriously means creating a new paradigm of practice and education, and this is exactly what we are working toward at QCA. Our Master of Design Futures program is the leading edge of this activity.
Against this backdrop, Zoontechnica has been created to voice and widen discussion on the transformation of design thinking, practice and education. It seeks to support the presentation of adventurous ideas; risk takers, the expose experimental projects; promote exchange around ´project based learning´, and give expression to arguments for change. The expanding field of design futures is situated in this setting. The journal is also especially keen to provide a forum that supports career starters and innovatory research. As such it will accommodate writing that ranges from the highly theoretical to the popular and anecdotal, but with the proviso that whatever is written is to a high standard.
Zoontechnica aims to be different from other publications. It is not interested in the instrumental ´how to´ model of design practice research and education. It is not interested in writing on design as style. It is not interested in being a vehicle to promote the design industry. It is not interested in upholding design as a disciplinary silo - in fact it will welcome contributions on design from outside the design community - anthropology, sociology, philosophy, cultural studies, film, music, media, politics, and more. Zootechnica will not be afraid of controversy.
The journal is especially interested in receiving contributions on themes like: Design and the future of cities; radical design events; the critical questioning of technology; the problematics of new media and the changing nature of the visual; design and desire; design and the political; designers as change agents; the post service designer; the displacement of design by redirective practice; teaching innovation.
Abstracts for edition one are invited and are required by March 18th, 2011.
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