- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1st ed edition (3 Jun. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844071812
- ISBN-13: 978-1844071814
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy Paperback – 3 Jun 2005
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In the unsustainable world of goods, where products are purchased, used and then promptly landfilled to make way for more, consumption and waste are rapidly spiralling out of control. This title proposes a sustainable design that reduces consumption and waste by increasing the durability of relationships established between users and products.
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If you are interested in consumer behaviour and object longevity in relation to the sustainability debate, I highly recommend this book.
Pointing out the emergence of a new landscape for sustainability, in which the durability of the relationships between users and products becomes central. Chapman successfully enriches the territory of sustainable design, pushing its boundaries, proposing this refreshing new viewpoint. It does not claim to be THE SOLUTION but rather to shed light on a new paradigm for sustainable design.
This book is a timely call to arms embarking the reader on an engaging journey. Clearly structured, adorned with insightful quotes and poignant analogies making it accesible to the larger audience. Don't be fooled by its size, this book is heavy impact and will stretch your pre-conceived notions. Kindly offered and the end of each chapter is a summary and an even more useful "toolkit of ideas": a glossary of new notions, perspectives and ideas relevant to the title and allowing the user to reflect and adopt the new language whilst adapting it to their specific practice.
I recommend this book to everyone involved or interested in the sustainability debate mainly because it is daring, and challenges design to change the way it approaches the world. I believe the author succeeds in juggling complex issues to deliver a very powerful argument with honesty, allowing the reader to visualize the issue from within, thus realising that change is possible.
In the last chapter Chapman imagines a vision of the future, questions the concept of "real world", brands capitalism obsolete, challenges our known sustainability practices, entices you to join the unresolved journey of sustainability and sustainable design, and calls for us to make of sustainability the window of change it can become. A very stimulating read!
This book is not just an eye opener, but a motivational engine that gains momentum as words pass by. Cradle to Cradle is a great book too, but has the reviewer (above) ever considered the application of Cradle to Cradle in a real scenario? I think not.
The example of denim jeans is great too, isn't it the one thing that has infiltrated wardrobes across the globe? Something everyone can relate to? Maybe the reviewer (I metioned above) wants reputed authors such as J.A.Chapman to write books exclusively for a narrow minded audience like themselves.
Emotionally durable design by J.A.Chapman is not a book, but a telescope...that focuses on exactly the scene we want to know better, and if you are smart enough, you can turn and adjust to see other underexplored scenes it leads you to.
This is a thought provoking and very accessible read. Our journey to design our way out of a thoroughly unsustainable world will be a long one - Chapman asks important questions that certainly take us in the right direction.
'Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories' also by Chapman is well worth a read too. Great work, full of inspiration! Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories: A Collection of Sustainable Design Essays
This book gives strong impact on designers to redefine their missions and regain the responsibility to the real world. It also provides thoughtful reflections for non-designers to examine the real life.
This is an indispensable for all of you who endeavours to balance the sustainability and consumption in this world of exploding product variety.
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