Preface 1. Scoping the Territory: Design, Activism and Sustainability 2. Past Lessons: A Short History of Design in Activist Mode, 1750 to 2000 3. Global-Local Tensions: Key Drivers for Design Activism in an Unsustainable World 4. Contemporary Expressions: Design Activism, 2000 Onwards 5. Designing Together: The Power of 'We Think', 'We Design', 'We Make' 6. Activist Frameworks & Tools: Nodes, Networks & Technology, Tools 7. Adaptive Capacity: Design as a Societal Strategy for Designing 'Now' and 'Co-futuring' 8. Appendices 9. Notes 10. Bibliography 11. Index
Alastair Fuad-Luke is a sustainable design consultant, facilitator, lecturer, & writer. He is a contributor to the international debate about design and sustainability, and author of The Eco-Design Handbook, 2002, 2004 and The Eco-Travel Handbook (Sept 2008). He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Plymouth, University College for the Creative Arts, University College Falmouth, and Royal College of Arts in the UK, and has also lectured in the Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia. He has recently managed the DEEDS (Design Education & Sustainability) project supported by the EU Leonardo da Vinci programme.
'A kind of bible for eco-designers.' Treehugger 'A must-read for all architecture students and professionals ... A key resource, packed full of graphical diagrams, figures and references ... this book is a real achievement that revitalises the 'sustainable' design debate.' RESET 'This important book rouses the latent activist in us all, to reanimate design discourse with the properties of social, economic and environmental revolution ... and not a moment too soon.' Dr Jonathan Chapman, Course Leader MA Sustainable Design, University of Brighton 'We admire gymnasts for making difficult tasks look easy. And we enjoy watching acrobats make easy tasks look difficult. In making this important - and difficult - topic so accessible, Alastair has succeeded twice. This is a wonderful toyshop.' Prof. John Wood, Goldsmiths, University of London 'Having once predicted that design will be the new paradigm for saving the planet in the 21st Century, I am immensely pleased to recommend Design Activism.' Janis Birkeland, Professor of Architecture, Queensland University of Technology and author of Design for Sustainability and Positive Development 'The author of the Eco-Design Handbook (2004) has yet again created a kind of bible for eco-designers. This book helps everyone to become a better (or good!) designer.' Treehugger 'This fascinating series of essays looks at how activism through design can help create positive social and environmental change. Part history book, part design catalogue, part toolbox, this book arrives at a crucial moment in our history where we all need creative minds to work on sustainable solutions for our future.' Leonora Oppenheim 'Design Activism's main strength is its wide-ranging nature, and this is frequetly a benefit of Fuad-Luke's work...I recommend Design Activism as a useful overview of activism within design culture. The book covers a valuable range of conceptual and case material and represents an important step on the way to rethinking design practice.' Ann Thorpe, Design Activism blog 'This pedagogical book provides a historic and topical overview of design and activism, together with examples, toolkits (virtual and material) and lots of useful references for design activism.' Judith Ryser, Urban Design