design manifesto

design that uses nature as a model

design based on cyclical processes

design that encourages local production and local resources

design that minimizes importation of raw materials and products that can be locally sourced

design that is aware and respects natural resources (renewable and non-renewable)

design that encourages local autonomies

design that opposes monopolizing dependency — “free trade” agreements

design that encourages fair trade (benefits stay with the workers/producers not the middleman & transport companies)

design that encourages diversity — ecologic, economic, cultural

design with memory — history, traditions, myths & customs

design that listens to the indigenous peoples

design that respects & celebrates local & traditional artifacts (taonga) and systems

design that acknowledges but does not promote human migration

design that avoids the use of poisonous processes and materials which could potentially damage human health and nature and opposes and avoids the use of risky technologies which tampers with natural evolutive processes — genetic engineering

design that does not put future generations at risk

design for the long term, the design process must include future generations in mind, away from fashion (trends)

design based on ‘current’ energies, not on energies that the planet took millennia to create — i.e. solar & wind vs. coal & oil

This manifesto was printed in RAMP magazine (2005) and presented at MX International Design Conference, UIA, México City (2005) by Xavier Meade