Gavin et al,
In the end, there's no way of knowing what will happen at the "other
end" of all this activity. To the best of my knowledge, the discipline
of 'physical chemistry' emerged more or less spontaneously when
physicists and chemists recognized, over the years, that were was a
science that was neither/both of physics and chemistry. That
realization was, in my view, definitional in nature: they found
boundaries that marked the ends of their own disciplines and, locating
them with respect to one another in some kind of knowledge space, ended
up saying "Look-y there! A whole new discipline!"
I think the first to benefit from any conclusions (I won't say 'success'
or 'failure') to the overall definition discussion will be the
academics/researchers. I would hope there to result a greater degree of
interdisciplinary understanding (between the design disciplines, I
mean), which would lead to more transdisciplinary work, which will lead
to new findings about design, designs, and designing. Once these
results start to percolate out into "the real world" then everyone -
designers as well as users of designed things - else should benefit too.
Gavin Melles wrote:
> And another thing
> What an unusual game this is - this desire for and playing out of definitions - the investment of energy, emotion ... will it make any difference to/inform/capture I wonder the textiles, bridges, chairs that are being made at this moment or will the definition find its way into some more symbolic realm- govt policy, professional criteria or is it just a conversation piece or ... And yet the world (of design(s) and everything else) carries on ... how peculiar such common things like conversations can look if we stand back for a moment - suspend our desire to participate and look at what is going on - now it looks different or strange (been reading Conrad, listening to Reich and Nicolas Gombert/Hilliard) ... and this revisioning of the definitions game is also part of the academic form of life
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