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Mobilising Design

Edited by Justin Spinney, Suzanne Reimer, Philip Pinch

© 2017 – Routledge

234 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book brings together research working at the boundary between design knowledges and mobilities, offering a novel collection for both theorists and practitioners. Drawing upon detailed case studies, it demonstrates the diverse roles of design in shaping mobility at different spaces and scales: across cities; within different types of buildings and infrastructures; and through commuting, work and leisure activities.

A range of international scholars illustrate the designed mobilities of car parks, traffic lights, street benches, pedestrian wayfinding systems and accessible design in the urban environment; they examine spaces within hospitals, airports and train stations and investigate design practices for bicycles, future urban vehicles and MotoGP motorcycle racing. Other contributions explore overlooked mobile artefacts such as television and video game remote controls, 3D printing and the types of packaging which enable objects themselves to move around. This book demonstrates how the tools, assumptions and processes of design shape spaces of mobility, and also illuminates how shifts in the fluidity and circulation of people, practices and materials in turn reconfigure practices of design.

Mobilising Design develops multi-disciplinary understandings of design, drawing upon diverse literatures including design history, product design, architecture and cultural geography. By highlighting often invisible artefacts and associated knowledges and controversies, the book foregrounds the taken-for-granted ways in which everyday mobility is designed. It will be of interest to scholars in geography, sociology, economic history, architecture, design and urban theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Justin Spinney, Suzanne Reimer and Philip Pinch)

Part I: Designing mobility: mobile subjects and practices

1. From the movement of things to movement in things: object-environments and the neoliberal sensorium (Guy Julier)

2.“Spoiled”, “bored”, “irritated” and “nervous”: the transformations of a mobile subject in airport design discourse (Anna Nikolaeva)

3. Legible London: mobilising the pedestrian (Spencer Clark, Philip Pinch and Suzanne Reimer)

4. Bicycle design history and systems of mobility (Peter Cox)

5. Rushing, dashing, scrambling: the role of the train station in producing the reluctant runner (Simon Cook)

6. Reforming design mobilities via 3D printing (Thomas Birtchnell, John Urry and Justin Westgate)

Part II: Mobilising design: the mobility of design knowledge and practice

7.Why ship air? packaging design, mobilities, and the materiality of void fillers (Craig Martin)

8.Designing signals, mediating mobility: Traffic management and mobility practices in interwar Stockholm (Martin Emanuel)

9. MotoGP and heterogeneous design (Philip Pinch and Suzanne Reimer)

10.Universalising and particularising design with Professor Kawauchi (Kim Kullman)

11.Artefacts, affordances and the design of mobilities (Ole B. Jensen, Ditte Bendix Lanng and Simon Wind)

Part III: Design knowledges: making connections

12.Towards a new discipline: the design of urban vehicles (Lino Vital García-Verdugo)

13. Being wheeled through the hospital: designing for hospital patients’ spatial experience in motion (Margo Annemans, Chantal Van Audenhove, Hilde Vermolen and Ann Heylighen)

14.Border crossings: exploring artefacts of mobility with blind and visually impaired users (Jayne Jeffries and Peter Wright)

15.Feeling the commute: affect, emotion and communities in motion (Emily Falconer)

16.Drawing mobile shared spaces: Brighton bench study (Lesley Murray and Sue Robertson)

Conclusions (Justin Spinney, Suzanne Reimer and Philip Pinch)

About the Editors

Justin Spinney is Lecturer in Human Geography at Cardiff University.

Suzanne Reimer is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Southampton.

Philip Pinch is Senior Lecturer in the Division of Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies, London South Bank University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography