COMMONING PRACTICES IN POSTCAPITALIST DESIGN
How to disentangle design from capital? To what extent might commoning practices disrupt the Commodity-Machine? How do we prefigure a resilient and regenerative economy? Is there a postcapitalist blueprint for the rapid and just eco-social transition ahead?
This thesis surveys the ways in which design practices can contribute to a postcapitalist transition. I study several contemporary product design projects that develop everyday tools, building systems, and fabrication machinery. Together, they encapsulate peer production, open-sourcing, and the maker movement.
These trends constitute a coherent methodology of commoning, which manifests itself in three ways: shared creation (designing in common), shared governance (managing designs in common), and shared access (holding the means of production in common). I describe how this shared valorisation of labour, knowledge, and artefacts radically alters the political economy of design practices.
[The manuscript will be fully published online in 2021.]
A. LATE CAPITALISM
Introducing the political economy of design
Peaking carbon, growth and capital
Shared valorisation of design labour
Redesigning P2P production
Infinite reproduction for digital fabrication
Freely circulating design knowledge
The self-production of the means of production
Crafting the tools of liberation
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