Questions concerning the notion of a future, of its imaginations and the techniques of realizing it presuppose conceptions of a ‘good life’. The development literature condenses this idea into that of teleological improvement. Rather than start with the ideas and representations of a good life, faculty members are interrogating the semantics and processes embedded in life itself. To this end, specific research areas transact the significance of expert knowledge in medical regimes and associated therapeutic practices, Design practices of the built environment, and the complex interweaves of fiscal practices to ritual observances in mediating the link between life and progress. Of equal importance are how techno-aesthetic knowledge productions (musical notations, design work, screen interfaces) become sources for the creation of social and cultural value. We are compelled here to re-evaluate the notion of the social itself.