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Spirit of Design (The): Objects, Environment and Meaning Hardcover – Jul 22 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Earthscan Publishers (July 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849713634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849713634
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
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These days design is a glamorous covering draped over machines whose final purpose is the satisfaction of desire. Stuart Walker is reopening the issue of design with provocative experiments and thoughtful reminders of what design should be―the moral excellence of the material culture.

Albert Borgmann

Regents Professor of Philosophy, University of Montana, author of Real American Ethics (2006)

Stuart Walker has provided a valuable reflection on the nature of design in our time, as we seek to move beyond the consumption model that has driven design thinking for decades. I am glad to recommend it as an important addition to the growing literature on sustainability and the moral responsibility of design.

Richard Buchanan
Professor of Design, Management, & Information Systems, Co-Editor, Design Issues Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA

In the age of networks and sustainability, material products will still have to be designed, produced and used. But they will have also to be deeply re-thought. The same is true for product design: for its practice but also, and most of all, for its cultural meaning. Stuart Walker's The Spirit of design. Objects, Environment and Meaning indicates a challenging way of dealing with these topics. A very original one.

Ezio Manzini

Professor of Design, Politecnico di Milano

The Spirit of Design is a series of narrative compositions challenging the practical, ethical and spiritual functionalism of our contemporary design and material cultures. Just like the example of the Japanese shakuhachi flute invoked in the text, this book is immediately accessible but will deeply reward anyone who invests time.

Alastair Fuad-Luke

Professor of Practice, School of Art and Design, Aalto University, Finland, author of Design Activism (2009)

About the Author

Professor Stuart Walker is Head of Design and Co-Director of the Imagination Lancaster creative research lab at Lancaster University, UK and Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK. Formerly, he was Associate Dean at the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada where he retains his affiliation. His research papers have been published and presented internationally and his conceptual designs have been exhibited at the Design Museum, London, across Canada and in Italy. He also serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. His book, Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice is also published by Earthscan.

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HASH(0xa08578dc) out of 5 stars Excelent Sept. 8 2013
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The spirit on design build on Walker's work from his previous book "Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice". It continues the research through design approach to critically view both sustainability and modernity creating a solid argument about how and why we need to move away from the status quo towards a sustainable society. At the same time the criticisms and deconstruction of eco-modernist approaches further support his claims. A must read for anyone interested in design for sustainability!
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