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Designing more-than-human urban places

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Publication date12/09/2023
Host publicationFlourish by Design
EditorsNick Dunn, Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages4
ISBN (electronic)9781003399568
ISBN (print)9781032507682, 9781032507651
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The idea that design should be human centred seems increasingly precarious given the anthropogenic impacts we have made and continue to have upon the planet. Our relentless quest for the future has produced an astounding array of highly beneficial places, products, and services. In some instances, design has literally been lifesaving. It has, however, also led to serious environmental damage, destruction of ecosystems and habitats, pollution, and risking animal lives, and it continues to contribute towards climate change. There is no doubt that as a species, we are unusual. Our lives carry a different sense of purpose than those of other species, and this separation has increased over time. This essay, therefore, argues for us to fundamentally rethink the ways we develop and deliver urban places, enabling all of us to move towards ethical and convivial more-than-human cities and flourish together.