The Production of Life in Latin America and the Caribbean and its Relation to Design and other Related Fields: About Delinking, Disobeying, and Decolonizing

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Pamela Cordeiro Marques Correa
André Luiz Carvalho Cardoso


When building a brief genealogy of Latin American social thought, it is noticeable that the search for delinking from the Western modernity imposed by the colonial project is at its essence. In this way, this article proposes, through Laó-Montes and Vásquez’s doble crítica (double criticism), to initiate an immanent critique of the production of life in Latin America and the Caribbean, and its relation to Design and related areas, articulating the ideas of anthropologists Arturo Escobar and Tim Ingold. It also aims to develop a transcendent critique, a subaltern interpretation of this production based on the materiality found in the urban space of the capitalist periphery; specifically, peripheral spontaneous design or (re)existence design, as a device for an enchanted pedagogy: the Brazilian gambiarra, the Cuban technological disobedience, among others. As a result, it is pointed out that the knowledge of reality as well as the recognition both of humanity and the struggle for emancipation, all present in the production of life through subaltern history, constitute, together, a path to decolonization.

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Cordeiro Marques Correa, P., & Carvalho Cardoso, A. L. (2022). The Production of Life in Latin America and the Caribbean and its Relation to Design and other Related Fields: About Delinking, Disobeying, and Decolonizing. Diseña, (21), Article.3.
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Pamela Cordeiro Marques Correa, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Ph.D. student at the School of Industrial Design, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. She holds an MA in Design at Universidade de Brasília. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Universidade Estácio de Sá, with specialization in Furniture Design at Universidade Veiga de Almeida. Her research is focused on peripheral spontaneous design, mainly Latin American, and its social and political issues. She is a co-author of ‘O design espontâneo periférico de Brasil e Cuba na América Latina’ (with M. C. Maass, VIRUS, Issue 23).

André Luiz Carvalho Cardoso, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Ph.D. in Architecture, Universi­dade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. After graduating as an architect and urban planner at Bennett Methodist Institute, he earned a Master’s degree in Architecture from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He is an Associate Professor in the Depart­ment of Architecture and Urbanism at the School of Industrial Design of Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, and at the Graduate Program in Design. He is currently Vice-Director of the School of Industrial Design of Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Specialist in Urban Sociology, he develops research on autochthonous architecture and the social function of the architect. He is the chief editor of Arcos Design Journal; he edited Imersões Arte e Arquitetura (V Artes, 2021); and is a co-author of Leituras sobre políticas públicas: O PAC Favelas como mirante de observações (with F. Pivetta, L. Zancan, M. Bastos da Cunha, and I. Silva; ENSP-FIOCRUZ, 2018).


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