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Following Will-O’-The-Wisps and chasing ghosts:design-centred research, sustainability and the bottom line

Walker, Stuart (2008) Following Will-O’-The-Wisps and chasing ghosts:design-centred research, sustainability and the bottom line. The Design Journal, 11 (1). pp. 51-64.

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Abstract

The development of design for sustainability is considered within a design-centred research approach. This form of investigative activity is of particular interest to the design disciplines and here it is distinguished from other types of design research and discussed in terms of its potential relevance and contribution in advancing material culture in more sustainable directions. As its name suggests, this emerging form of design research within academia focuses especially on the activity of designing, and is complemented by more traditional primary and secondary source research methods. However, in order to advance this type of research activity, particularly in the challenging area of design for sustainability, it is necessary, at least temporarily, to disconnect design from the bottom line in order to more freely explore new ideas and new possibilities. A basis for design-centred research is outlined and supplemented by examples from the author's own research experiences.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Design Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: DESIGN RESEARCH ; DESIGN-CENTRED RESEARCH ; SUSTAINABILITY ; INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 50288
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2011 13:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:37
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50288

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