Gauthier Roussilhe, designer

New website under construction using a low-tech approach (low-tech, high futures)


About

I'm a designer and director with 5 years of experience co-running a design agency and doing research on design, ethics and, more recently, climate change. I give regular talks within Europe on the previous topics with a focus on energy consumption and sustainability of digital industry.

I think of designing as an act of negotiating collective daily life, whether present or future. We, designers, generally say that the negotiation should lead to maintain or improve common well-being. But what does well-being mean in a damaged world where basic human needs are durably endangered by human activities? Which daily life should we learn to imagine and negotiate in a world with limited resources and energy, for whom and with whom?

My practice-based research studies design vectors that could shift from a world considered, mostly by Westerners, without limits to an Earth with limits (energy, resources, ecological thresholds).


What's my job?

I work on the field, doing interviews, in-depth research, enabling meaningful collaborations and translating the research back into understandable and sensible outcomes (films, objects, talks). I also create and conduct workshops to allow anybody to imagine future dailylife (services, products, craft) in a world with limited resources and energy. I also provide content creation in filmmaking, motion graphics, digital media to answer communication needs based on a low-tech approach. I also enjoy teaching to the current and next generation of designers.


Design principles

My pratice is based on the following principles:

  1. Designing while acknowledging human activities as primary driver for climate breakdown;
  2. Designing as a necessity of transition towards an Earth with limited resources and energy;
  3. Designing is an act of radically reducing consumption of resources within existing systems:
    ⁃ generate systemic feedback loops that reduce consumption of resources and energy;
    ⁃ counteract with rebound effect that is generally embedded in contemporary design practice;
  4. Designing is an act of engaging as less resources as possible while aiming for a maximum “transition effect”;
  5. Designing as territory-centred practice (ecosystems, human and non-human communities, climatic factor; capabilities and limits);
  6. Putting design into politics as an act of negotiating collective habitability of the world;
  7. Designing as an economical act of anticipating externalities and thus the real cost of what it puts into the world.

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