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Design and Nature

A Partnership, 1st Edition

Edited by Kate Fletcher, Louise St. Pierre, Mathilda Tham


216 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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Organised as a dialogue between nature and design, this book explores design ideas, opportunities, visions and practices through relating and uncovering experience of the natural world.

Presented as an edited collection of 25 wide-ranging short chapters, the book explores the possibility of new relations between design and nature, beyond human mastery and understandings of nature as resource and by calling into question the longstanding role for design as agent of capitalism. The book puts forward ways in which design can form partnerships with living species and examines designers’ capacities for direct experience, awe, integrated relationships and new ways of knowing. It covers:

• New design ethics of care

• Indigenous perspectives

• Prototyping with nature

• Methods for new design and nature relations

• A history of design and nature

• Animist beliefs

• De-centering human-centered design

• Understanding nature has power and agency

Design and Nature: A Partnership is a rich resource for designers who wish to learn to engage with sustainability from the ground up.

Table of Contents


SECTION I: Lying: Lying down to receive

A Shift of Attention Louise St. Pierre

"Towards…. Something More Liveable" A Moth Journey. Katherine Pogson

An Unexpected Rapport: Mushrooms, a Designer + Everyone Else Avery Shaw

Sitting in Trees Marcus Dénommé

Co-creating with a Tick Eugenia Bertulis

SECTION II: Sitting: Sitting to open dialogue

Hybrids. Others/Selfies Li Jönsson, Tau Ulv Lenskjold Poem: ‘Zoology’ by Neil Bennun

Narrating the Impression. Paola Sturla

Thick Description Through Visualisations – Towards New Representations of Nature Jana Thierfelder

Learning from Harakeke — Towards a Network for Textile Design in Aotearoa New Zealand Faith Kane, Huhana Smith, Rangi Te Kanawa and Tanya Maree Ruka Te Miringa Te Rorarangi and Angela Kilford

Becoming-with Vegetal: Sympoietic Design Practice with Plant Partners Raune Frankjaer

To Name is to Value Anette Lundebye

Design and Nature: A History Louise St Pierre

Part one: Foundation

Part two: Ecological Design as Mastery

Part three: Bio this…and Bio that

Part four: Moving Forward

SECTION III: Standing: Standing to achieve a view

Short-comings and Vulner-abilities Markus Wernli

Living Landfill Katarina Dimitrijevic

Design and Nature as Seen through Fur: Systems of Manipulation and Care Else Skjold, Frederik Larsen

Bully Goes Fishing Erik Sandelin

Dirty design (or A bloody mess) - In celebration of life affirming design Mathilda Tham

SECTION IV: Walking: Walking to move

Earthbond Prototyping, a Method for Designers to Deepen Connections to Nature Zach Camozzi

Design Students in Sustainable Systems Timo Rissanen & Laura Sansone

Design on the Wing: Collaborative Work with Nature Cameron Cartiere & Nancy Holmes

We Become Gardeners After All. Clara Vankerschaver

A Nourishing Dialogue with the Material Environment Maarit Mäkelä

The Poetics of Cultural Landscapes through Ecological Wisdom Alyssa Schwann

Antarctica SE3: a Conversation on Designing with Care Sarah Pennington & Eleanor Margolies

Folding In Kate Fletcher


About the Editors

Kate Fletcher is a Professor at the Centre of Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK, where she explores design for sustainability.

Louise St. Pierre is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University, Canada, where she researches sustainability, contemplative practice and design’s relationship with nature.

Mathilda Tham’s work sits in a creative, feminist, activist space between design, futures studies and sustainability. She is Professor of Design, Linnaeus University, Sweden.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DESIGN / General
DESIGN / Fashion
NATURE / Ecology