Can there be anything more seemingly neutral than a space of habitation, a container for the body? I often give the example of the Amazonian indigenous maloca (indigenous longhouse) versus the archetypical nuclear-family house in suburban America. The maloca can house several dozen people under a single roof, even if the act of habitation obeys certain rules of behavior and spatial distribution. As I jokingly say, paraphrasing, “give me a maloca, and I will raise a relational world” (including the integral and interdependent relations between humans and nonhumans); conversely, give me a suburban home, and I will raise a world of decommunalized individuals, separated from the natural world. Design thus inevitably generates humans’ (and other Earth beings’) structures of possibility.
P. 111 on Ontological Design