4. Designing Fabulist Interventions - Week 2, October 9

Updated: Oct 25, 2018

Rosner's framework provides an evaluative method for potential designs.

In "Critical Fabulations", Rosner proposes an effective framework for evaluating design interventions that take into account her critiques of the dominant design paradigm.

Her framework considers:

1. Alliances - Who are the communities of a city? How will your design intervention impact these communities? How can your design foster new communities through collective action?

"Alliances suggest investigators look for opportunities to support and energize collective decision making."

2. Recuperations - Whose stories have not been told? Are not told? Whose work are you building upon?

"Through recuperations, investigators seek to revive stories enmeshed within a current design setting but suppressed by prevailing design narratives. "

3. Interferences - Who are city services and systems designed for? How do they exclude and oppress groups? Is your design intervention complicit in this oppression? How might we challenge these norms? How do we examine the response to these challenges critically?

"Disrupt dominant design narrative that equalizes across difference, highlighting uneven conditions (socioeconomic, cultural, racial, etc.) within a design setting."

4. Extensions - How will your design impact the context? How might the problem evolve? How will your work remain relevant, adapt itself to a new environment?

"Rather than treat the responsibility of design as an ending at the prototype, product release, or publication deadline, investigators may enhance possibilities for maintenance, translation, and exchange."

I really enjoyed this and found it incredibly useful to cement the ideas she began to explain in the introduction to her book. Mostly, this framework provides more thought-provoking questions to consider as we continue to both analyse the existing systems, and consider what could be.

While cities are made up of many components, the one thing they all have in common is people. People have to interact with the city and all of its component parts on a regular basis. In order to design the best possible solution for them, it's important to consider Rosner's framework to ensure that no one's voice is excluded, that a solution is helpful in the long-term as well as the short-term.