By Ann Thorpe
The mentality that consumerism and monetary progress are cure-alls is likely one of the largest stumbling blocks to genuine sustainability, yet any swap turns out most unlikely, unthinkable. Our modern paradox reveals us depending for our health on consumer-driven financial development that we really can’t find the money for ? no longer in environmental, monetary or social phrases. even though structure and layout have lengthy been noticeable as engines for consumerism and progress, expanding numbers of designers are involved in the issues because of progress. yet designers face a paradox in their personal in situations of sustainable intake, the place humans eat or construct considerably much less, what is going to be left for designers to do?
This e-book, proficient by means of contemporary learn into the viability of a «steady nation» financial system, units an schedule for addressing the designer’s paradox of sustainable intake. The time table contains ways in which structure and layout may help transition us in the direction of a brand new type of economic system that prioritizes actual well being instead of financial development. filled with examples and illustrations, the booklet argues that taking motion, or activism, is a vital yet up to now underexplored approach for architects and architects to confront consumerism.
The first chapters discover how financial development and consumerism form and are formed by means of the professions of structure, product, and panorama layout and the way we will comprehend the matter of consumerism as 4 major demanding situations that designers are already addressing. The publication maps out the most matters surrounding the advance of metrics that designers and others can use to degree health, rather than easily measuring monetary development. the second one 1/2 the ebook seems to be at how layout activism works and its connection to progress and consumerist concerns. those chapters research how activist practices are financed, spotlight 5 particular tools that designers use in operating for social swap, and examine the facility of those tools. The e-book concludes with a attention of what design’s position will be in a «post-growth» society.
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6 (December 1983), pp. 735–54. 6 Hashim Sarkis, “Alternative A”, Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 62, no. 4 (May 2009), pp. 93–4. 7 Lucy Kimbell, “The Turn to Service Design”, in Design and Creativity: Policy, Management and Practice, ed. G. Julier and L. Moor (Oxford: Berg, 2009), pp. 157–73. 8 Research on design activism included a review of more than 1400 cases in Ann Thorpe, “Design and Political Resistance: Tactics, Power and Transformation”, Design and Innovation Group (Milton Keynes: Open University, 2010).
Accordingly, and drawing from across disciplines, the examples, arguments and background presented throughout this book are woven together from both practitioner experience and scholarly thinking, from both trade press and academic articles, from interviews with theorists and practicing design activists. However, the book’s tone and style favor accessibility to practitioners over academic pedigree and rigor. The development of the ideas in this book included reviewing hundreds of design projects in an effort to look for broader patterns.
Process materials and goods (like processed food) so that they contain the highest proportion of low-quality contents while retaining surface appeal. 37 DESIGN AND THE RISE AND FALL OF GROWTH COMMODITIZATION We make more use of commercial services than before because economic growth favors converting as many goods and services to commodities as possible. For example, rather than “self-provisioning”—taking care of children or cooking our own meals—we use commercial childcare services and buy prepared meals.
Architecture & Design versus Consumerism: How Design Activism Confronts Growth by Ann Thorpe