De-Signing the Future

Sebastian Hicks

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The idea of city ‘fabric’ suggests a continuous whole produced from smaller, interlocking, interdependent fibres whose individual identity are lost or given up to the idea of the whole. The strength of the fabric is reliant on how well that fibre is embedded within the whole. The idea of ‘city fabric’ is then an idea of the beauty of efficacious subservience to the whole.
Design means to designate, to define, to assert control. The harder the edges the better,the more clearly defined the authors' handwriting the more the object is “lifted” from the whole.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2015
EventCARE-RISK: UK- Malaysia partnership: CApacity building to REduce disaster RISK in the UK and Malaysia - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
Duration: 9 Feb 201512 Feb 2015


ConferenceCARE-RISK: UK- Malaysia partnership
CityKuala Lumpar


  • Design
  • City fabric
  • Resilience
  • Autonomy


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