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Title: Bringing home recursions : co-crafting environmental self-implication in adult design education
Authors: Wernli, M 
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Cubic journal, 2021, v. 4, no. 4, p. 80-99
Abstract: This report is about an explorative co-crafting course applying the notion of recursive publics to adult learning and pro-environmental activation, which aimed to engage a diverse cohort of learners towards patterns of eating, living, and engaging that promoted wellbeing and a healthy environment. This two-month-long, university-endorsed study in Hong Kong saw 22 participants fermenting their urine in which to grow an edible plant (Lactuca sativa), thereby creating a material relationship between their bodies and the environment. Technologies were employed to bring people physically together for greater emancipatory engagement inside the shared material condition. When analyzed, these technologies revealed their potential for opening or restricting the synergies from combined purpose, expertise, and immanent life processes in recursively profound and playful ways. This civic-tech study offers a recursive self-implication approach to design education as a collective negotiation process for navigating unknown territory to converge a myriad of expertise and intended beneficiaries.
Keywords: Co-crafting practice
Civic-tech education
Urine fermentation
Pro-environmental activation
Publisher: Jap Sam Books
Journal: Cubic journal 
ISSN: 2589-7098
EISSN: 2589-7101
DOI: 10.31182/cubic.2021.4.040
Rights: Cubic Journal allows the author(s) to hold their copyright without restrictions
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