Design for the Sustainment of Traditional Making Practices : A Research Study in Central China

Zhang, Wanlin (2021) Design for the Sustainment of Traditional Making Practices : A Research Study in Central China. The Design Journal, 24 (1). pp. 137-147. ISSN 1460-6925

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Central China is a rich multi-cultural and multi-religious region with many traditional making practices. In recent decades, however, rapid economic growth and urban development has created severe challenges for these practices. This research presents a case study based discussion, that was conducted in this region to investigate the opportunities and challenges for sustaining local traditions. In particular, for identifying areas where design could make a constructive contribution in ways that accord with contemporary understandings of design for sustainability. The research study employed qualitative forms of investigation, including desk-based theoretical research on crafts and design for sustainability and on traditional making practices within a Chinese context. Initial analysis of primary and secondary data suggests that design’s contributions might not be solely related to new product development but also in related areas such as marketing, branding and packaging design. In addition, some concerns have been identified in relation to sustainability.

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The Design Journal
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Design Journal on 30/11/2020, available online:
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?? traditional making practicesdesign for sustainabilitydesign and craftsintangible cultural heritagecentral chinacomputer graphics and computer-aided design ??
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