What is Conscious Design?

"Cities are a reflection of our values, and they perpetuate those that we code deepest into our environment... Architecture is, after all, frozen intent." - Itai Palti

How do we manifest the best of our values and intentions through spaces in our Cities?

Through Conscious Design.

Conscious Design begins with people; denizens. These individuals culminate in the city, and through their actions (shaped by intent) express their needs and contextually dependent aspirations. Intent emerges as a form of collective consciousness from this.

Intent is sharpened by collective repetition. We use science to further prod, investigate, and verify that collective intent is legitimate. 'Intuition; can also be a form of intent - the difference being, in Conscious Design, science establishes the ‘common’ language between space participant and designer. Science encapsulates the possibilities and the potential of space(s) to impact the phenomenal experience of people, which intuition rarely is able to accomplish.

The ethical fulcrum of Conscious Design is thus science, and it balances designing for the ‘potential of space to impact’ while resisting the arrogance of intuitive causality - the notion that 'each situation is different and thus only intuition is appropriate as a tool.' Conscious Design is contextually relevant, but using science as the 'common language' is what allows us to remain subjective and objective at the same time.

The potential of impact is made observable, measurable, accountable, and equitable, by the usage of science. It thus allows us to create a more representative, dynamic, and enactive dialogue between person and space, and more accurately create responsive systems to space participant needs.

Once these systems which measure, observe, and are held and hold accountable are embedded within an infrastructure of a city, the city becomes more aware and responsive to the phenomenal experience of all of its members. Producing a city (or space) that is in a direct, iterative, learning, and science founded dialogue with and through its denizens is what it means to design consciously.

Therefore, the 'Conscious Design' of cities is the design of Conscious Cities.


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