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Design for a Sustainable Culture

Perspectives, Practices and Education, 1st Edition

Edited by Astrid Skjerven, Janne Reitan


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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.


Table of Contents

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



About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development

Culture as an aspect of sustainability is a relatively new phenomenon but is beginning to attract attention among scholars and policy makers. This series opens up a forum for debate about the role of culture in sustainable development, treating culture and sustainability as a meta-narrative that will bring together diverse disciplines. Key questions explored in this series will include: how should culture be applied in sustainability policies; what should be sustained in culture; what should culture sustain; and what is the relationship of culture to other dimensions of sustainability?

Books in the series will have a variety of geographical foci and reflect different disciplinary approaches (for example geography, sociology, sustainability science, environmental and political sciences, anthropology, history, archaeology and planning). The series will be addressed in particular to postgraduate students and researchers from a wide cross-section of disciplines.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (

Series Editors:

Katriina Soini, University of Helsinki and Natural Resources Institute Finland

Joost Dessein, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) and Ghent University, Belgium

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
DESIGN / Product