1st Edition

Design for a Sustainable Culture Perspectives, Practices and Education

Edited By Astrid Skjerven, Janne Reitan Copyright 2017
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    As culture is becoming increasingly recognised as a crucial element of sustainable development, design competence has emerged as a useful tool in creating a meaningful life within a sustainable mental, cultural and physical environment.

    Design for a Sustainable Culture explores the relationship between sustainability, culture and the shaping of human surroundings by examining the significance and potential of design as a tool for the creation of sustainable development. Drawing on interdisciplinary case studies and investigations from Europe, North America and India, this book discusses theoretical, methodological and educational aspects of the role of design in relation to human well-being and provides a unique perspective on the interface between design, culture and sustainability.

    This book will appeal to researchers as well as postgraduate and undergraduate students in design and design literacy, crafts, architecture and environmental planning, but also scholars of sustainability from other disciplines who wish to understand the role and impact of design and culture in sustainable development.


    Series Introduction Joost Dessein and Katriina Soini

    1 Introduction
    Janne Beate Reitan and Astrid Skjerven
    2 Design Research: Contents, Characteristics and Possible Contributions for a Sustainable Society
    Astrid Skjerven
    3 Distributed systems and cosmopolitan localism: An emerging design scenario for resilient societies
    Ezio Manzini and Mugendi K.M. Rithaa
    4.Social Ecologies of Flourishing: Designing Conditions that Sustain Culture
    Peter Jones
    5. The idea of simplicity as a pathway to cultural sustainability
    Jorge Andres Caro del Castillo
    6. Housing culture, residential preferences and sustainability
    Petter Næss
    7. Designing sense of place
    Arild Berg
    8. The Importance of Culture in Design for Sustainable Behaviour Research
    Johannes Ludvig Zachrisson Daae
    9. The social construction of child consumers: transmedia toys in light of Slavoj Zizek’s notions of pleasure and enjoyment
    Tore Gulden
    10.Contemporary Vernacular Inuit Clothing as Sustainable Fashion
    Janne Beate Reitan
    11. Fit in ready-to-wear clothing: Why people dispose garments before they are worn out
    Monica Glitsch
    12. Developing holistic understanding in design education for sustainability
    Ingvill Gjerdrum Maus
    13. Rethinking Consumption Culture: Educating the Reflective Citizen
    Eva Lutnæs
    14. Persuasion and Play: Crafting a Sustainable Culture
    Ragnhild Tronstad
    15 Teaching cultural sensitivity at architecture schools for more sustainable buildings – Lessons from reconstruction Sabina Brenner




    Astrid Skjerven is Professor in design theory at The Department of Product Design, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway.

    Janne Beate Reitan is Associate Professor in art and design education at The Department of Art, Design and Drama, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway.


    The essays in this book provide much needed research to better address the crucial issue of sustainability. Their emphasis on economic, social, environmental, and especially cultural factors are essential to better understanding ways to create a more sustainable world.  
    Victor Margolin, University of Illinois, Chicago

    This empowering book reactivates the lost culture of debate within Design; highlighting the complex nature of Design as a determinant of future human and environmental flourishing.
    Jonathan Chapman, University of Brighton

    By focusing on the necessity to create a sustainable culture this important book reminds us that working towards sustainment is not a matter of ecology alone but is even more a matter of creating-that is designing-the attitudes, mores and institutions that can help us face down un-sustainment in all its myriad economic, political and social forms.
    Clive Dilnot, Parsons School of Design, New York

    Articulating multiple connections between design, sustainability and culture, this book is an important contribution to understanding the potential of design to contribute to human well-being and sustainable development. It highlights the powerful roles of design in the contemporary context where culture has increasingly been recognised as a precondition for and main ingredient in sustainable development. The book also engages with important conceptual frameworks shaping our contemporary understanding of sustainable development today, including distributed systems, resiliency, flourishing societies, place identity, participatory public engagement, sustainable behavior, longevity of product attachment, environmental care, critical literacy and active citizenship.
    Nancy Duxbury, Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal