Ethics and aesthetics for a reconnection. Case-studies for an ecologic design practice

Enrique Nieto Fernández

Abstract

This work reflects on the founding capacity in the domains of design and locates in its presence one of the aspirations to improve the so-named ecological design. We will begin from proposals close to feminist theory as that of Haraway, Stengers and Barad, who alert us of the needing to relate more and better with other entities beyond the humans. Also, from Braidotti proposal on the need for ethics and affirmative politics. As an example, we will propose the rupture produced in the scientific culture with the first women primatologist appearance in the 1960s, where affection, care and empathy, burst into the scope of what is valuable and significant. The final question to test is the possibility of rethinking creativity in architecture from the warmer domains of being together. Finally, we will explore two recent case studies where the operativity of these theoretical contributions in architectural practices can be recognized.

Keywords

Affirmativity; Primatologist; Affections; Empathy; Architecture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/fem.2018.32.07





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