Rethinking Design education for retaining cultural rootedness
The biggest threat of modernity (modern education) is homogenization of the human cultures.
The visual experience of modern spaces all over the world is beginning to look alike- Architecture, artifacts, life style. About a century ago we had diverse cultures with distinct way of life and aesthetic sensibilities. The real issue is to understand how culture is formed and how to retain cultural diversity. Culture is the result of how aesthetic sensibilities of people get manifested in the things they make and how they live. But the aesthetic sensibilities were awakened naturally by engaging with their contexts.In modern situation, education conditions and homogenizes the sensibility of people through various subjects like art, architecture, design etc. All over the world the same syllabus is taught! So if aesthetic education is treated as awakening the sense by creating situations for connecting to the natural context of the learners lives, do have the potential for making the learner authentic and original.
This authenticity will create diverse cultures.