By Ann Thorpe

The mentality that consumerism and fiscal development are cure-alls is without doubt one of the largest stumbling blocks to actual sustainability, yet any switch turns out very unlikely, unthinkable. Our modern paradox unearths us depending for our health on consumer-driven financial progress that we really can’t find the money for ? no longer in environmental, financial or social phrases. even supposing structure and layout have lengthy been noticeable as engines for consumerism and progress, expanding numbers of designers are involved in the issues caused by development. yet designers face a paradox in their personal in situations of sustainable intake, the place humans devour or construct considerably much less, what's going to be left for designers to do?

This ebook, trained via contemporary study into the viability of a «steady country» financial system, units an schedule for addressing the designer’s paradox of sustainable intake. The schedule contains ways in which structure and layout may help transition us in the direction of a brand new form of economic system that prioritizes genuine health instead of financial progress. full of examples and illustrations, the e-book argues that taking motion, or activism, is a crucial yet up to now underexplored manner for architects and architects to confront consumerism.

The first chapters discover how financial development and consumerism form and are formed by way of the professions of structure, product, and panorama layout and the way we will be able to comprehend the matter of consumerism as 4 major demanding situations that designers are already addressing. The ebook maps out the most concerns surrounding the advance of metrics that designers and others can use to degree health, rather than easily measuring fiscal progress. the second one half the booklet appears to be like 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 ability of those equipment. The ebook concludes with a attention of what design’s position may be in a «post-growth» society.

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63 See, for example, Gary Craig, Civil Society Associations and the Values of Social Justice (Dunfermline: Carnegie UK Trust, 2009). 64 Jordan and Taylor, Hacktivism and Cyberwars. 65 See, for example, Casius Pealer, “Practice Matters: Nonprofit Work Experience, Beneficial for All but Far too Rare”, Architectural Record (August 2007), pp. p. p. 67 Alissa Walker, “Open-Source Innovation: IDEO’s Human-Centered Design Toolkit”, in Case Studies in Sustainability from the Designers Accord (Fast Company, 2009).

Kim Dovey, Framing Places: Mediating Power in Built Form (London: Routledge, 2008), p. 16. Jose L. S. Gamez and Susan Rogers, “An Architecture of Change”, in Expanding Architecture, ed. Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford (New York: Metropolis Books, 2008), p. 21. Kenneth Frampton, “The Work of Architecture in the Age of Commodification”, Harvard Design Magazine, no. 23 (Fall 2005/Winter 2006), p. 23. Bryan Bell, “Expanding Design Toward Greater Relevance”, in Expanding Architecture, ed. Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford (New York: Metropolis Books, 2008), p.

21 See, for example, Francesca Polletta and James M. Jasper, “Collective Identity and Social Movements”, Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 27 (2001), pp. 283–305; Rhys H. Williams, “The Cultural Contexts of Collective Action”, in The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, ed. David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007); and James M. Jasper, The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography and Creativity in Social Movements (Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1997).

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