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Decolonial Design in Practice: Designing Meaningful and Transformative Science Communications for Navakavu, Fiji

Taboada, Manuela B. and Rojas-Lizana, Sol and Dutra, Leo and Levu, Adi Vasulevu M, (2020) Decolonial Design in Practice: Designing Meaningful and Transformative Science Communications for Navakavu, Fiji. Design and Culture: The Journal of the Design Studies Forum, 12 (2). TBC. ISSN 1754-7075

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    Abstract

    Design practice, at its contemporary state, contributes to replicating a homogenizing ontology that subjugates aesthetic, functional, and cultural values of non-Western design. In so doing, it becomes an instrument of colonialism and reaffirmation of a Western-centric view of the world. Decolonial Design arises as a reaction to this, proposing the integration of decolonial thought into design theory and philosophy. This study proposes a collaborative approach to design that brings the philosophy of Decolonial Design into practice, positioning design as a vehicle for rethinking problems through creative processes and initiatives, and as a transformative tool through which design can decolonize itself (and designers) while in action. This approach is demonstrated through a case study in the Yavusa Navakavu, Rewa Province, Viti Levu, Fiji, where researchers, designers, and the local community co-designed initiatives to promote the environmental conservation of their protected marine area.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
    Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 16:05
    Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 16:05
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12188
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