Day 2: October 31st, 2019

Cumulus Bogotá: The Design After continues.


The second keynote speaker
This morning, the second keynote speaker was Martín Tironi. Sociologist and professor at the School of Design, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, he presented and inspiring speech that brought out some new terms such as a social city (not smart city) and the idiot. He also presented six challenges related with the concept of the smart city: 1) Pluralizing the forms of intelligence, 2) unfolding situated forms of knowledge, 3) Redesigning forms of participation, 4) Politicizing the ideology of “data”, 5) Scaping from surveillance regime, 6) Rethinking innovation. Finally, he expressed that the concept of The idiot offers an opportunity to speculate about how things could be presented differently and how we could experiment with new ways of making the cities.


Round tables
After his grand speech, the participants attended to different parallel sessions focused on the conference tracks: Sensing the city, sensing the rural; Somewhere, nowhere, anyone, everyone; Fiction and de-innovation; Design and counterculture and Biodiversity-Driven Design. Some of the most relevant topics were:


To enhance the work, the designers link other disciplines. It’s beneficial for everyone to have people from different areas.

In the Paper Presentations the participants presented three very interesting projects: hybrid spaces, urban agriculture and identity redefinition. We learned that multidisciplinary projects are important and that social projects demand knowledge from various areas rather than a single discipline. In this way, combining art, technology, engineering, biology and other disciplines can generate incredible outcomes.


The third keynote speaker
The third keynote was Dori Tunstall, anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. In her speech she talked about the decolonization of design from the modernist project and how the discipline needs to transform into a respectful design in which everyone is included. She pointed out that privileged individuals should use their privilege to help those who don’t have it, rather than using it to further expand the social gap.


Some assistants participated in the cultural program around the city during the afternoon.