COMMONING PRACTICES IN POSTCAPITALIST DESIGN
To what extent could design be disentangled from capital and prefigure a fair and sustainable basis for production? Are commoning strategies disruptive to late capitalism? How postcapitalist politics concieve a rapid eco-social transition and provide pathways towards a sustainable future?
This thesis surveys the ways design practices can contribute to a postcapitalist transition. I study several contemporary product design projects that develop everyday tools, building systems and fabrication machinery that are emblematic of peer production, open-source and maker movements.
I approach these trends as a coherent methodology of commoning, which manifests itself in three ways: shared creation (designing in common), shared governance (holding designs in common) and shared access (reproducing the means of production in common). I describe how this shared valorisation of labour, knowledge and artifacts radically alters the political economy of design practices.
[The manuscript will be fully published online in late 2020.]
A. LATE CAPITALISM
Introducing the political economy of design
Peaking carbon, growth and capital
Shared valorisation of design labour
Redesigning P2P production
Designs for digital fabrication
Freely circulating design knowledge
Self-production of the means of production
Crafting the tools of liberation