Sustainability, Ethics and New Practice
Sustainability is now a buzzword both among professionals and scholars. However, though climate change and resource depletion are now widely recognized by business as major challenges, and while new practices like 'green design' have emerged, efforts towards change remain weak and fragmented. Exposing these limitations, Design Futuring systematically presents ideas and methods for Design as an expanded ethical and professional practice. Design Futuring argues that responding to ethical, political, social and ecological concerns now requires a new type of practice that recognizes design's importance in overcoming a world made unsustainable. Illustrated throughout with international case material, Design Futuring presents the author's ground-breaking ideas in a coherent framework, focusing specifically on the ways in which concerns for ethics and sustainability can change the practice of Design for the twenty-first century. Design Futuring - a pathfinding text for the new era - extends far beyond Design courses and professional practice, and will also be invaluable to students and practitioners of Architecture, the Creative Arts, Business and Management.
Tony Fry is a director of the sustainment consultancy Team D/E/S and Adjunct Professor of Design, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. He has taught and lectured internationally and is author of Remakings: Ecology, Design, Philosophy and A New Design Philosophy: An Introduction to Defuturing, among many other works.
Contents Introduction PART ONE: RETHINKING THE CONTEXT AND PRACTICE OF DESIGN 1. Understanding the Nature of 'Practice' 2. Understanding the Directional Nature of Design (as object and practice) 3. The Imperative of the Redirection of Design 4. Design as a Redirective Practice 5. Reviewing Two Key Redirective Practices 6. Futuring, Redirective Practice, Development and Culture PART TWO: STRATEGIC DESIGN THINKING 7. Unpacking Futuring in Relation to the Self, Community, Culture and Ethics 8. Methods of Change 1: Platforming, Return Briefs and New Teams 9. Methods of Change 2: Designing in time 10. Futuring and Learning the New from the Past 11. Designer as Redirective Practitioner: New Roles beyond Design PART 3: DESIGN, SUSTAINMENT AND FUTURES 12. Futuring Against Sustaining the Unsustainable 13. Sustainment and a New Epoch of Humanity 14. Picturing Economic and Cultural Futures 15. Sustainment by Design (as Redirective Practice): 'Dig Where You Stand' 16. Challenges of the Communication of Sustainment and Futuring Notes Bibliography Index
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288pp, 50 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
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|Design Futuring defines redirective practice as a critical new paradigm for design-a way of engaging design and sustainability as they are implicated in and essential to our very survival. Broad. Accessible. Timely.|
Eli Blevis, Indiana University at Bloomington