The CPT works at the intersection of speculative and critical philosophy, design and architecture, critical urban practices, computational media, biology, the earth and atmospheric sciences, radical pedagogy, and political economy. Currently, the CPT has several research tracks that each host projects and initiatives. ( )
The Post-Human Network (PHuN or “Fun”) is a collective of graduate students sponsored by the Center for Philosophical Technologies. PHuN engages in streams of “post-humanist” thought and practice and seeks to move beyond anthropocentrism in the academy and in society.
A nine-week study-abroad program to the Netherlands that focuses on the social, political, and ecological aspects of design research. Students spend the summer touring studios, working with Dutch designers, and designing their own critical interventions into the urban fabric of Amsterdam.
The LxD is a teaching and research initiative that draws on the expertise of international design researchers to pilot summer schools and research projects.
Collective, that draws on the techniques of critical pedagogy and critical and speculative design to reimagine the future of education inside and outside of the university setting.
A collaborate project that studies the life cycle of synthetic textiles (from petroleum to ocean waste) and speculates about alternative textile/fashion futures.
A collaboration with Open Space Studio, Thammasat University, and the Nang Lerng community in Bangkok, Thailand that brings together the practices of community architecture and urban infrastructure design to co-create spaces of collective and social activation.
A collaborative art and design project that reimagines how the mythic and ritualistic past of the desert southwest might be inherited and reinvigorated to intervene in how humans and nonhumans dwell in the rapidly urbanizing desert.
A collaborative art installation that examines the various entanglements of geological and human histories in the desert southwest.
A collaborative research project that investigates whether and how time can be used as a medium for design research and creation.
This research collective investigates the varied and complex entanglements of technical media and geological materials by drawing on research methods from the theoretical humanities, the geological and computer sciences, and from design and the arts.