The Greater Number
October 14th, 2021
Finally, an in real live Dutch Design week this year! The Greater Number is the them, one of the subthemes is ‘It’s in our nature’, about the relationship between man and nature, and how we can restore it. Designers Shaakira Jassat, Kuang-Yi Ku and myself explain how we deal with this our work. Read more about the subtheme in our magazine item.
Since prehistoric times, humankind has worked with nature on everything. We grow our food, build our houses, extract materials for our products and energy. Over the centuries, people have increasingly tried to control, manipulate, and dominate nature. Humanity treats nature as a factory that can be managed, adjusted, and conditioned according to need. Because of our constant craving for more – more stuff, more revenue – the relationship between people and nature has been severely disrupted. The relationship is now one in which we have transcended nature, in which we have forgotten that we are one and the same.