Design for Life: Creating Meaning in a Distracted World

Design for Life: Creating Meaning in a Distracted World

by Stuart Walker


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Stuart Walker’s design work has been described as life-changing, inspiring, disturbing and ferocious.

Drawing on an extraordinarily diverse range of sources and informed by creative practice, Design for Life penetrates to the heart of modern culture and the malaise that underlies today’s moral and environmental crises.

The author argues that this malaise is deep-seated and fundamental to the modern outlook. He shows how our preoccupation with technological progress, growth and the future has produced a constricted view of life – one that is both destructive and self-reinforcing.

Based on over twenty-five years of scholarship and creative practice, he demonstrates the vital importance of solitude, contemplation, inner growth and the present moment in developing a different course – one that looks squarely at our current, precarious situation while offering a positive, hopeful way forward – a way that is compassionate, context-based, human scale, ethically motivated and critically creative.

Design for Life is an intensely original contribution that will be essential reading for design practitioners and students. Written in a clear, accessible style, it will also appeal to a broader readership, especially anyone who is concerned with contemporary society’s rising inequalities and environmental failings and is looking for a more constructive, balanced and thoughtful direction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138232464
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/13/2017
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stuart Walker is Professor of Design for Sustainability at Lancaster University, UK. His design work has been exhibited in Australia, Canada, Italy and the UK, including the Design Museum, London. His numerous books include Sustainable by Design, The Spirit of Design and Designing Sustainability, also published by Routledge.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1. The Subject of Design: personal involvement and positive change 2. A Narrowing: loss of narrative unity and the nature of design change 3. Counterpoints: restoring balance through design 4. The Shift: an inward path to holistic design 5. Creativity: and the imperative of solitude 6. The Mesh: freeing design from dominant dogmas 7. Rhythms: movement, making and meaning 8. Seeds: designing for a new awareness Appendices 1. CONFESIÓN – relic from a future past 2. Listening to the Muse – a personal reflection 3. The Inadequacies of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 4. Related Websites Notes Bibliography Index

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