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The Handbook of Design for Sustainability

The Handbook of Design for Sustainability


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Sustainability has emerged as a central issue for contemporary societies and for the world community as a whole. Furthermore, many of the social and environmental concerns that are embodied in the term 'sustainability' are directly or indirectly related to design. Designers help to define our human made environment - how it is produced, how it is used, and how long it endures. Despite some forty years of development and increased awareness of the critical relationships that exist between design decisions and modes of production, energy use, environmental impacts, the nature of work and human exploitation, design for sustainability is still not widely understood or followed. The Handbook of Design for Sustainability presents a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of this crucial subject - its development, its methods, its practices and its potential futures.

Bringing together leading international scholars and new researchers to provide a substantive insight into the latest thinking and research within the field, The Handbook covers a breadth of historical and theoretical understandings and includes a series of original essays that explore methods and approaches for designers and design educators.

The Handbook presents the first systematic overview of the subject that, in addition to methods and examples, includes historical perspectives, philosophical approaches, business analyses, educational insights and emerging thinking. It is an invaluable resource for design researchers and students as well as design practitioners and private and public sector organizations wishing to develop more sustainable directions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857858528
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/12/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Stuart Walker is Head of Design, Co-Director of the ImaginationLancaster creative research lab and Professor of Sustainable Design at Lancaster University. He is also Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada. His propositional designs have been exhibited at the Design Museum, London, across Canada and in Italy. His books include The Spirit of Design: objects, environment and meaning and Sustainable by Design: explorations in theory and practice.

Jacques Giard is Professor of Industrial Design in The Design School at Arizona State University, prior to which he was Director of the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of Design FAQs, a university textbook on basic design and Designing: A Jourbaney Through Time. He has also served as national president of the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers.

Helen L. Walker
is an independent language consultant with an MA in Education for Sustainability.

Table of Contents






General Introduction: Design for Sustainability
Stuart Walker and Jacques Giard


Editorial Introduction
Jacques Giard and Stuart Walker

1 The Roots of Unsustainability
John R. Ehrenfeld

2 Post-Materialism
Freya Mathews

3 Making Sustainability Up: Design Beyond Possibility
Aidan Davison

4 Developing Theories for Sustainable Design
Dennis Doordan

5 The Emergence of Design for Sustainability: And Onward and Upward...
Janis Birkeland

6 I Miss the Hungry Years: Coping with Abundance
Albert Borgmann


Editorial Introduction
Stuart Walker and Jacques Giard

7 Sustainability - Methods and Practices
Tracy Bhamra, Ricardo Hernandez and Richard Mawle

8 Integrating Sustainability in Design Education
Jacques Giard and Deborah Schneiderman

9 Sustainability, Consumption and the Throwaway Culture
Tim Cooper

10 Why Sustainable Consumers Don't Care Much about Green Products
Anne Marchand

11 Design, Sustainability and Marketing
Dorothy Mackenzie

12 The Role of Design-Led Knowledge Exchange in Supporting Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to be Eco-Innovators in the United Kingdom
Anne Chick


Editorial Introduction
Jacques Giard and Stuart Walker

13 Architecture: Building for Sustainability or Spirit Nurture?
Christopher Day

14 Principles of Sustainable Dwellings and Community Design
Avi Friedman

15 Design for Territorial Ecology and a New Relationship between City and Countryside: The Experience of the Feeding Milano Project
Ezio Manzini and Anna Meroni

16 Sustainable Urban Futures
Rachel Cooper and Chris Boyko

17 Educational Experience in Design for Sustainability: Enhancing a Critical Perspective among Undergraduate Students
Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos

18 Sustainable Fashion
Kate Fletcher

19 A New Design Ethic for a New Reality
JohnPaul Kusz

Editorial Introduction
Stuart Walker and Jacques Giard

20 Sustainability and the Condition of Being Human
Alexander Manu

21 Sustainability: Context and Design
Shashank Mehta

22 Shè Jì - Change for Sustainable Futures
Lou Yongqi

23 Emotionally Sustaining Design
Jonathan Chapman

24 I am a User, Not a Consumer
Gijs Bakker and Louise Schouwenberg

25 Design Sleepwalking: Critical Inquiry in Design
Craig Badke and Stuart Walker

26 Critical Agendas: Designing for Sustainability from Products to Systems
Chris Ryan

27 Metadesigning Paradigm Change: An Ecomimetic, Language-Centred Approach
John Wood

28 Imagination's Promise: Practice-Based Design Research for Sustainability
Stuart Walker

29 Design Activism: Challenging the Paradigm by Dissensus, Consensus and Transitional Practices
Alastair Fuad-Luke

30 Design for Cyber-Sustainability: Toward a Sustainable Digital Future
Bran Knowles, Stuart Walker and Lynne Blair

31 Emerging Directions
Tony Fry

32 Literature and the Environment
John Ralston Saul


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