1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design

Edited By Rachel Beth Egenhoefer Copyright 2018
    548 Pages
    by Routledge

    538 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design considers the design, not only of artifacts, but of structures, systems, and interactions that bear our decisions and identities in the context of sustaining our shared planet.  In addressing issues of design for global impact, behavior change, systems and strategy, ethics and values, this handbook presents a unique and powerful design perspective. 

    Just as there are multiple definitions of design, so there are several definitions of sustainability, making it difficult to find unity. The term can sometimes be seen as a goal to achieve, or a characteristic to check off on a list of criteria.  In actuality, we will never finish being sustainable. We must instead always strive to design, work, and live sustainably. The voices throughout this handbook present many different characteristics, layers, approaches, and perspectives in this journey of sustaining. 

    This handbook divides into five sections, which together present a holistic approach to understanding the many facets of sustainable design:
    Part 1: Systems and Design
    Part 2: Global Impact
    Part 3: Values, Ethics, and Identity
    Part 4: Design for Behavior Change   
    Part 5: Moving Forward  

    This handbook will be invaluable to those wishing to broaden their understanding of sustainable design and students and practitioners of Environmental Studies, Architecture, Product Design and the Visual Arts.


    Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

    1. The Political Economy of Design in a Hotter Time
    David W. Orr

    Part 1: Systems and Design

    2. Systems Thinking for Design
    Diana Wright, Marta Ceroni

    3. Design Strategies for Impact
    John Bruce 

    4. Applied Sustainability
    Wendy Jedlička, Jeremy Faludi, Dr. Pete Markiewicz, Tim Frick, Mark McCahill

    5. Sustainable Design for Scale
    Andrea Steves, Rebecca Silver

    6. Systems and Service Design and the Circular Economy
    Rhoda Trimingham, Ksenija Kuzmina, Yaone Rapitsenyane,

    7. Ecological Theory in Design: Participant Designers in an Age of Entanglement
    Joanna Boehnert

    Part 2: Global Impact

    8. Global Perspectives for Sustainable Design
    Douglas Bourn

    9. Politics and Sustainability
    Harold Wilhite

    10. Design for Localization
    Helena Norberg-Hodge

    11. Intercultural Collaborations in Sustainable Design Education
    Denielle Emans, Kelly Murdoch-Kitt

    12. Life cycle thinking and sustainable design for emerging consumer electronic product systems
    Erinn G. Ryen, Callie W. Babbitt, Alex Lobos

    13. Data Clouds and the Environment
    Arman Shehabi

    14. Increasing Urban Sustainability using GIS
    Luiz Felipe Guanaes Rego, Maria Fernanda Campos Lemos, Luís Carlos Soares Madeira Domingues 

    Part 3: Values, Ethics, and Identity

    15. Empathy, Values, and Situated Action: Sustaining People and Planet Through Human Centered Design
    Bruce Hanington

    16. Practicing Empathy to Connect People and the Environment
    Theresa J. Edmonds

    17. Surrendering to the ocean: Practices of mindfulness and presence in designing
    Yoko Akama

    18. Confronting the Five Paradoxes of Humanitarian Design
    Brita Fladvad Nielsen

    19. Co-Designing for Development


    Rachel Beth Egenhoefer is a designer, artist, writer, and professor, whose work integrates technology, craft, and design. Her work focuses on sustainability and systems thinking in the context of behavior change. As an educator, she is involved in several initiatives to promote sustainability in both the design field and across higher education curricula. Egenhoefer is an Associate Professor of Design in the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco.

    "A timely book that (finally) situates design within a systems context. Diverse articles examine the social and environmental implications of designed images, artifacts, systems and structures in a globally inter-connected and interdependent world as well as the ethics and values that underpin them. Essential reading for designing responsibly in the 21st century."Terry Irwin, Head, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

    "This compelling collection is an outstanding resource for people who see design as a tool that can be used to create a better civilization, whether they be practitioners, students, researchers, or enthusiasts. Egenhoefer reminds us of our responsibility to use our professional skills and opportunities to not just do good design, but to do good!"David Berman, RGD, FGDC, Sustainability Chair, Icograda/ico-D

    "The comprehensive and anticipatory nature of this book is profoundly informative and operationally useful in ways that previous books have not been. It is by being so comprehensive on the front end that we designers can mitigate the Law of Unintended Consequences that has so often plagued the practice of design.

    While this book is aimed at designers, it would also be useful for political leaders, policy makers and theoretical thinkers in any field. As a society, we are woefully silo-ed by profession, nationality and paradigm. This condition does not accrue to our collective benefit. Any approach that seeks to dismantle this myopic state of affairs will persevere. This book seeks to do just that." — Peter Dean, Co-Founder and Concentration Coordinator, Nature Culture Sustainability Studies Concentration, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

    "We are only beginning to explore how design can create the conditions for net positive change throughout society. This handbook shows how design thinking is breaking out of its pas