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In this paper, the development of ‘Residencies’ is described; a suite of research methods designed to meet the urgent methodological needs of a new wave of fashion and sustainability discourse focused on societal and structural change. An interdisciplinary approach drawn from cultural geography, art and design aims to chart complex and often overlooked dynamics of clothing behaviours as they take place in everyday life, intricately linked to the context they take place in.

Effective transformation towards sustainability in fashion has been limited by the dominance of technocentric approaches, disconnected from the social context of people’s lives or the realities of planetary boundaries. In line with a growing international move to re-prioritise social and human concerns in sustainable development work, Residencies offers potential new ways to identify and visualise social patterns, material flows and interactions. This is to enable future research outcomes identifying potentials for systemic transformation.

Authors: Katelyn Toth-Fejel

The rural-urban migration of young people leaves the elderly in a vulnerable position that threatens the social
sustainability of rural communities. This article presents an innovative and multi-modal design approach utilised
within a community engagement intervention conceptualised with the Lotlhakane1 village community in the North
West Province. The intervention is designed to specifically support the elderly, also, revive and disseminate sustainable
indigenous knowledge and practices. The aim is to collectively, in collaboration with the community, develop
and design a community centre that will support the above, in addition to advocating for the transferral of indigenous
knolweldge and practices to the nextgeneration.

Authors: Kim Berman, Boitumelo Kembo-Tolo.

With the growing popularization of digital manufacturing, a sector of society has generated many expectations on how this can contribute to the development of social welfare. These expectations are reflected in a series of initiatives from the public sector, which seek, through the implementation of spaces dedicated to these technologies, to benefit the community. Taking as a starting point the analysis of the objectives of some of these projects, this research reviews the proposals of some authors that provide tools for understanding how a digital manufacturing space can become a public service for the benefit of communities. The research reveals that, although there are many possibilities opened by digital manufacturing, it is necessary to first problematize some ideas that are taken for granted when thinking about these new technologies as a contribution to the quality of people's life.

Authors: Daniel Llermaly Larraín