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The Restoration Design Manifesto

By Eva M. Althaus

  1. Category
  2. Designing futures
  3. Sustainable design
  4. Bias
  5. Community building
  6. Equity
  7. Ethics
  8. Human
  9. Sustainability
  10. Environmental
  11. Social impact

A proposal for direction of efforts toward justice, equity, and the indefinite flourishing of life in all ecosystems

The biggest lesson I learned from the ”Politics of Design” is that design is never neutral. The elements we integrate and leave out create a statement to others. Through this class, I developed the practice of reflexivity and crafted my first attempt at a point of view or stand to whom I want to be as a designer in the context we live in.

Reflecting on the world we live in today, where the pandemic washed away our cognition of normality, possibilities and impossibilities. This world with a pressing clock requiring action from every single one of us to rescue our planet. Recognizing today’s opportunity and momentum to act, not only redesigning but ‘making new’.

I present ”The Restoration Design Manifesto” as a tool for Designers to think with greater discernment of what innovation is in a world with history, habits, and baggage. This manifesto is a new lens that encourages designers to incorporate virtues as indicators of ”good design” and promotes ”healing” and ”restoring” as the outcome for the well-being of all.

Project Details

  • Class: The Politics of Design
  • Instructor: Jessica Meharry