The Despecialization of Objects: a process oriented approach to designing interior objects. (2006)
Directed by Robert Charest. 133 pp.
Two industrial designers, Philippe Carreau and Hubert Pelletier, parented the theory, the despecialization of objects. The despecialization of objects addresses the trivializing and undervaluing of objects (poor human-object relationships) caused by post-industrial overabundance and over-consumption. Despecialization is the process to revert an object's function to a more generic state so that it no longer answers an ultra-specific need, but instead satisfies a broader spectrum of needs. It was revealed that Carreau and Pelletier's approach lacked a definitive generative design process. The thesis redevelops the theoretical framework of the despecialization of objects, tests the process oriented approach through an extensively recorded trial and error design investigation, and produces a final prototype. Due to the narrow focus of the exploration, insufficient data was collected to support that despecialized objects could or could not curb over-consumption, but a noteworthy generative creative process, titled the serendipitous generative approach was developed.
View complete thesis at http://libres.uncg.edu/edocs/etd/1257/umi-uncg-1257.pdf