Compact Course: Design + Crisis – Pluriversal Pathways to a Post-Anthropocene

28.02.-03.03.2023, 10:00-16:00
06.03.-07.03.2023, 10:00-16:00

Prof. Dr. Michelle Christensen (TU/UdK)
Prof. Dr. Florian Conradi (TU/UdK)
Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou (Woelabs Lomè / L’Africaine d’architecture)


Berlin Open Lab, Einsteinufer 43, 10587 Berlin

UdK Berlin + TU Berlin / 3 SWS / 3 CP / UdK master students can gain credits for this class in the framework of the module „Designmethoden“ or over the Studium Generale.

max. 15 students

Required knowledge:
No specific previous knowledge is required.

Please register by email by the 22.02.2023 with your name, field of study and matriculation number to and

(Please send all of this in your initial email!)

Deeply entangled in a crisis of the Anthropocene, the need to radically reassemble relationships of ecologies and technologies is more vital than ever – to re/think socio-technical practices and re/design modes of convening with our companion species and environments. 

Within the framework of this block-seminar, we will discuss critical perspectives on western-centric paradigms of understanding nature and technology, exploring pluriversal approaches to interspecies sustainability. We will explore concepts of beyond-western-centric cosmologies and cosmogonies, speculating on organic technologies and the symbioscene. And drawing on the approaches of speculative design and critical making, we will debate and prototype alternative human-nonhuman relationships (with an open source soft and hard attitude), integrating critical thinking with designing.

– Arturo Escobar (2018). Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press

– Eduardo Batalha Viveiros de Castro (2004): Exchanging Perspectives: The Transformation of Objects into Subjects in Amerindian Ontologies. Common Knowledge, Volume 10, Issue 3, Fall 2004, pp. 463-484, Duke University Press

– Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze (Eds.) (1997): Postcolonial African Philosophy: A Critical Reader. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell

UdK Berlin + TU Berlin / UdK students can gain credits for this class in the framework of the module ‘Designmethoden’ or in the framework of a free elective