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Design Realities
Creativity, Nature and the Human Spirit

ISBN 9781138580206
Published October 26, 2018 by Routledge
342 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Design Realities explores a wide range of topics on creativity, design and spiritual well-being. Using critique, rational inquiry and personal reflection, Stuart Walker looks squarely at our contemporary condition, demonstrates how current assumptions and material expectations are becoming untenable and, most importantly, offers constructive new directions that are feasible, spiritually enriching, and hopeful.

Comprising short essays, lyrical pieces, photo studies and longer discourses, this book takes us on a highly readable and enjoyable journey through some of the most pressing issues of our time. The innovative, intuitive format makes these topics readily accessible, while providing much food for thought about the changing nature of creativity in today’s world.

Written by a leading thinker in the field, this highly original book offers readers something to ponder, discuss, contest and build upon.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Reality  1. As it is  2. A Competitive State  3. Share Price  4. Property  5. Branded  6. Inversion  7. Unbranded  8. Reality  9. Prestige  10. Icarus Falls  11. Sellers All  12. Waste  13. Bypassed  14. Fair Game  15. What else is on?  16. My next fear  17. Time closed  18. A Moment in the Life of a Reed  19. Illusions of forever  20. Local?  21. Burying Your Dead in the Sand  22. Air  23. Carbon  24. Becoming Human  25. Internationalization  26. Craft ’n Kitsch  27. Modern and Traditional  28. Design Think  29. Enough  30. Damage  31. Seeing  Part 2: Another Reality  32. How should we live?  33. Moderation  34. Legacy  35. Ashes of Myopia  36. Closest to the Dreaming  37. Fragile  38. Being Alive  39. Nature’s Wisdom  40. Repeated Patterns  41. Profits and People  42. Return to Syros  43. What reward have ye?  44. Atomization  45. Lost  46. Authenticity  47. Change  48. Seriously  49. New  50. The Comb Shop  51. Repair  52. Resurrection  53. Photograph  54. The Human Touch  55. Perspective  56. Art  57. Drive  58. Elevator  59. And more  60. Economy  61. Beyond Protectionism  62. IP  63. Commonality and Originality  64. Secular Society  65. Sacred Time  66. Misreading Religion  67. A Stultifying Dualism  68. Faith  69. Rubens’ Jesus  70. Enculturated Blindness  71. A Christmas Story  72. Mythic Objects  73. Another Reality  Part 3: A Future Reality  74. A Wisdom Economy  75. Fair Share  76. Design Rhapsody  77. Spiritual Renewal  78. Cultural Highs and Lows  79. Improving Things  80. Moving on  81. One Manifestation of Wisdom  82. Why  83. After this?  84. A Creative Life  85. Delicate, Evanescent Things  86. Useless Things  87. Dying to Create  88. Live  89. RAW Design  90. Ruination  91. Rejuvenation  92. Things that Endure  93. The Mark Made  94. Handmade  95. Whittling  96. Foraging  97. Artefacts  98. Life  99. Improvisation  100. Progressive Design Praxis

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Stuart Walker is Professor of Design for Sustainability and a Director of the ImaginationLancaster design research centre at Lancaster University. His research focuses on design for sustainability; product aesthetics and meaning; practice-based design research; and product design that explores and expresses human values and notions of spirituality. He has written and edited numerous books and his propositional and experimental design work has been exhibited across Canada, in Italy and the UK, including an exhibition at the Design Museum, London.

He is Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada.