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To advance the subject of design one has to engage in the activity of designing. Sustainable by Design offers a compelling and innovative, design-centred approach that explores both the meaning and practice of sustainable design. Walker explores the design process in the context of sustainability, and challenges conventional ways of defining, designing and producing functional objects. He discusses the personal design process, tacit knowledge, ephemeral design, experimental design, and the relationship between ...
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Overview

To advance the subject of design one has to engage in the activity of designing. Sustainable by Design offers a compelling and innovative, design-centred approach that explores both the meaning and practice of sustainable design. Walker explores the design process in the context of sustainability, and challenges conventional ways of defining, designing and producing functional objects. He discusses the personal design process, tacit knowledge, ephemeral design, experimental design, and the relationship between intellectual design criteria, physical expression and aesthetic experience.

This book will introduce vital concepts to students and will inspire designers by providing a well-articulated basis for understanding the complexity and potential of sustainable design, and extolling the contribution of design to the creation of a more meaningful material culture.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Definitely to be on the booklist of any product design course'
Professor Jack Ingram, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

'A fascinating book that takes the reader on a journey that is both diverse and full of surprise'
Jonathan Chapman, Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton

'A sensitive, thought-provoking book that explores fresh possibilities.'
Alastair Fuad-Luke, sustainable design facilitator, lecturer, writer and maker

'Sustainable by Design is a key addition to the ... bookshelf'
Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, UCCA

'At once inspiring and informative ... It offers designers, students, and practitioners alike a journey into the heart of design through philosophical questioning of place, time, materiality, self, society, and meaning, without sacrificing the practical concerns regarding the transition from models of consumption to sustainability. The sophistication of the exploration cannot be overstated and should be required reading for students of design. Summing Up: Highly recommended.'
Choice

'With beautiful images to back up his words, Walker tutors, suggests and inspires...this book is a must for students and designers, its thoughtful approach also makes it an interesting read for anyone who's excited by the current shift of play.'
Sally White, Resource, 2008.

'Walker presents an investigation of sustainable desgign that is at once inspiring and informative...The sophistication of the exploration cannot be overstated and should be required reading for students of design.'
L. Farooque, CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136555879
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Stuart Walker PhD is Professor of Environmental Design and Associate Dean (Research and International) at the post-graduate Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada. He is also Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables     vii
Acknowledgements     x
Acronyms and Abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
Rethinking Material Culture: the cage of aesthetic convention     7
Sustainable Development in Context: the evolution of a contemporary myth     15
Design Process and Sustainable Development: a journey in design     29
Enduring Artefacts and Sustainable Solutions: object lessons     39
Reassessing 'Good' Design: objects as symbols of beauty     53
Design, Sustainability and the Human Spirit: how the other half lives     61
Fashion and Sustainability: the attraction of opposites     71
The Application of Theory: experiments in sustainable product design     79
Tacit Knowledge in Design: visual myths     99
Reframing Design for Sustainability: unmasking the object     113
Time and Design: crushed before the moth     139
Creating Objects in a Saturated Culture: after the endgame     149
Ephemeral Objects for Sustainability: light touch     167
Intellectual and Aesthetic Understandings of Design: the considered gaze     185
Epilogue     201
Notes     205
Bibliography     227
Index     235
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