Transdisciplinary Design

Seminar

Self-decolonizing as an immigrant designer

I sat on a plastic chair at a busy cafe in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, and checked my dusty watch over and over again,…

Cuban Fabulations

Recently, while reading Daniela Rosen’s “Critical Fabulations” I found that the themes and concepts explored in the book truly struck a chord with me. Being…

Unconscious Diversity

Photo: The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/fashion/kim-kardashian-west-kimono-cultural-appropriation.html/ Since I came to New York, I saw a lot of Japanese words such as sushi, ramen, manga, anime,…

Privilege-Centered Design

There is perhaps no more visceral example of the contrast between the worldview of the designer and user than the band-aid. Dieter Rams, a German…

The gap of Modernity

Modernity is always a fascinating word for me. I have always had trouble explaining what is modern for me, Is it the new or novel…

Speculative Architecture

Architecture in Everyday Objects The architect Sou Fujimoto created an installation called: “Architecture is Everywhere”, which is being presented these days in the exhibition “Surrounds 11…

When Will My Name Be Authentic Enough?

Will there be a non-anglicized name that is culturally significant, easy to pronounce, and avoids us from becoming systemically discriminated?

‘Making Kin’ with odd-even scheme

In times when our lives revolve around individual convenience and productivity, what does this act of ‘making kin’ with our neighbors mean?