1st Edition

Design and Nature A Partnership

Edited By Kate Fletcher, Louise St. Pierre, Mathilda Tham Copyright 2020
    216 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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 



    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.