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Design for Sustainable Change: How design and designers can drive the sustainability agenda (Required Reading Range) [Paperback]

Anne Chick , Paul Micklethwaite
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20 Jun 2011 Required Reading Range
Design for Sustainable Change explores how design thinking and design-led entrepreneurship can address the issue of sustainability, examining how familiar design processes can be translated into methodologies for driving sustainable change in businesses, organisations and society more generally. It discusses the ways in which design thinking is evolving and being applied to a much wider spectrum of social and environmental issues, beyond its traditional professional territory. The result is designers themselves evolving, and developing greater design mindfulness in relation to what they do and how they do it. This book looks at design thinking as a methodology which, by its nature, considers issues of sustainability, but which does not necessarily seek to define itself in those terms. It explores the gradual extension of this methodology into the larger marketplace and the commercial and social implications of such an extension.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing (20 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940411301
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940411306
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.8 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An invaluable reference guide to the major ethical design themes of our time. With its lively format and succinct overview of concepts, ideas and case studies, this book is essential reading for anyone wishing to grasp the complexities of sustainability and the role of design.' -- Stuart Walker, Professor of Design, Lancaster University, UK; author of Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice.

'Design is undergoing a revolution, and this book is an essential guide for tomorrow's design revolutionaries. Design thinking, service design and design activism are among the new ideas that are transforming the processes and practices of design today. Students of design require a clear guide through these radical new territories of creative practice to help them develop sustainable futures - for themselves and for the world they live in. This extremely timely book is essential reading for design students in all disciplines.' -- Professor Mike Press, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design University of Dundee, Scotland

'This book helps designers of all persuasions to re-imagine their own design futures. It suggests that this re-orientation involves fresh ways of perceiving, thinking and practicing. It believes that design for sustainable change helps everyone to re-pattern their behaviour towards more sustainable ways of living. Importantly, it adds another significant step in the negotiation of Design's own transitional journey.' -- Alastair Fuad-Luke, design educator, enabler, writer & activist; author of The Eco-design Handbook and Design Activism

'This well-researched, clearly written book is refreshingly to the point. Using a wide range of pertinent and up-to-date case studies it guides the reader to see design as an ethical, considered practice for the benefit of all rather than a consumer driven indulgence. This book will prove particularly vital reading for those who are carefully picking their way through the plethora of different perspectives the world of design presents.' -- Dr Paul Atkinson, Reader in Design, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

'Design for Sustainable Change is timely, clear and compelling. It's the ideal roadmap for any designer seeking an alternative to business as usual. John Thackara, Doors of Perception Students in all the design professions should read this admirable and wise book by Chick and Micklethwaite ... it is a fascinating explication of the philosophy of design that offers a vision of how designers should think and work and what design should be ... The accompanying case studies, a fascinating collection of local, national, and global solutions, show how design can address ecological and social problems ... This beautiful book is superbly illustrated.' --Choice review, R. M. Labuz, Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

About the Author

Anne Chick is director of the Sustainable Design Research Centre at Kingston University, UK. Until recently, she was director of the Sustainability in Practice Network within WestFocus (a consortium of seven universities). She is adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Canada, an associate editor of the Design Journal and a Design Studies journal referee.

Paul Micklethwaite is a research fellow in sustainable design at Kingston University. Paul undertakes research, knowledge transfer, and enterprise activities across a wide range of areas within sustainable design. His areas of research interest include design and manufacture with recycled materials and 'green' branding.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 3 Sep 2011
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This is an excellent book which brings to light and explores a great range of current sustainable design concepts.

I found the interesting case studies and diagrams helped to visualise ideas and put them into a real context, making them clear to understand.

As a design student I found this book helpful and guiding, raising my awareness of issues and further concreting my desire to purse sustainable design practice. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to further explore design and sustainability and the positive changes it can bring about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Inspired! 8 July 2011
This book is an absolute must for designers, design students or anyone curious about how designers can make a positive move forward... a well-needed departure from staid green design guides.

The authors have successfully provided an overview of a subject area which can seem baffling and complex to newcomers. They present a particular way of thinking about sustainability and design practice that sets this book apart from others, show-casing emerging ideas and practices that until now have not been accessible to a wide audience. I particularly like the way you can dip in and out of a variety of types of information (case studies, images, diagrams, interviews etc.) without having to read lengthy chapters in one sitting.

The thought-provoking nature of the content makes this an essential accompaniment to design learning and teaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book. A vital read. 2 July 2011
A fabulous, engaging, read. I devoured all the information in this book.

Paul & Anne manage to explain concepts and ideas of the dynamics between design and sustainability in a complete, concise and exciting way, whilst pulling in relevant and refreshing case studies.

An absolute must read for professionals and students of design and sustainability.
Would also recommend to those with a general interest in this area who would like to learn more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the verge of a paradigm shift 28 Aug 2012
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With its many real-world examples and case studies, Design for Sustainable Change shows that the bridge to a sustainable future already has foundations and that the only thing keeping the bridge from being finished is the needed common sentiment that it must be built.
This is not a how-to book with step-by-step instructions for transforming our society. It is a magnifying glass with a view of our collective thinking and and mindset as it pertains to design. It is a slice of time taken from just before a fork in the road where we as a global society are faced with a simple choice: think long-term livability (design sustainably) or think short-term profits (status quo). For those with no hope, this book shows that it is not only possible to make the right choice as a society, but that the technology to do so is already out in front of our inclination to utilize it. Indeed, it has been waiting for the masses to care enough to put their money where their mouths are as consumers.
If Design for Sustainable Change is absorbed by young designers, yet to exert their influence, and the ethos within is taken as a starting point in the design process, we as a society just might have a chance.
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