Reparative Practices: Invitations from Mundane Urban Ecologies

Emmy Laura Perez Fjalland, Kristine Samson

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The paper proposes a reparative turn in co-design towards an attention and sensitivity to more-than-human world-making practices in our urban environments. The notion of ‘reparative’ hold strings with the reparative system that an organism starts when damage is experienced. Thinking-with this biological, cultural and performatively, we propose the reparative as the starting point for learning to notice life-giving potentialities in the Anthropocene. Reparative practices are ethical and political in the sense that we are searching for life-giving practices that can move us beyond design practices in the Anthropocene. Hence, by bringing attention to environmental enchantments related to sensory everyday practices we propose that designers and citizens alike can initiate reparative futures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Design Research Conference
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
EventNORDES - Who Cares?: 8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society - Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 2 Jun 20194 Jun 2019
Conference number: 8


ConferenceNORDES - Who Cares?
LocationAalto University
Internet address


  • ecologies
  • situated knowledged
  • feminist spatial practice
  • feminist studies
  • naturecultures
  • reparative practices
  • eco-feminism
  • Speculative Design

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