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Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice

Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice

by Stuart Walker


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ISBN-13: 9781844073542
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Edition description: 1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.77(d)

About 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.

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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'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.'

'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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