From Human-centered to More-than-Human-Design. Exploring the transition


Barbara Camocini
Francesco Vergani


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The environmental emergency of the last century, highlighted by the pandemic, has led to an urgent need to reformulate the predominant role of human beings on the planet by undertaking a less anthropocentric design approach. This urgency has been especially outlined by a re-evaluation of the concept of the Anthropocene, which can be defined as a geological era characterized by the significant human impact on the geology and ecosystems of the Earth. Within this theoretical framework, the book explores the role of Design as a multifaceted discipline capable of exploring the complexity of a changing world, and reconsiders the human being’s position in a pervasive relationship with the contemporary environments (physical and abstract) through a More-than-Human approach.
This volume illustrates reflections, analyses, and interventions guided by or intersected with the concept of the post-Anthropocene, and traces two different scales of observation. The first, explored in the two starting chapters, highlights how the complexity of the topic requires a large-scale analysis perspective in order to be fully understood. The concept of the post-Anthropocene does not exclude the human being as a fundamental component but takes the latter as a departing point to frame wider contemporary needs and issues and to support a call for action to envision and shape the future. The second part of the book instead explores the possibility to include, within this broad discussion, the theme of More-than-Human applied to specific disciplines – linked to the culture of Design – analyzing different aspects that move from taxonomy, application, and creativity.


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Author Biographies

Barbara Camocini

Architect, PhD in Interior Architecture and Exhibition, Associate Professor at the Department of Design of Politecnico di Milano where she is also member of Lab.I.R.Int., Lab. of Innovation and Research on Interiors. Her research topics concern the contemporary human environment, changing through Adaptive Reuse processes, and the resulting strategies upon urban evolution and ultimate interiors, reconciling the distance between their original uses and emerging needs. She cooperated in design and research projects at an international level, with a specific perspective on meta-design approach. She is also interested in the History of Design with reference to the Italian culture.

Francesco Vergani

Interior and Spatial Designer and PhD candidate in Design at Politecnico di Milano. His PhD research is focused on More-than-Human Design to trigger participation between human and non-human agency in situated urban contexts. He is a member of Polimi DESIS Lab where he collaborates in research activities about the reactivation of local communities in urban contexts such as Vocabolario di quartiere (2019-ongoing), a situated dictionary in the NoLo neighborhood (Milan) developed within OFF CAMPUS - Il Cantiere per le Periferie, an initiative promoted by Polisocial. Since 2018, he is teaching assistant at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano and, since 2019, at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.


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December 30, 2021

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