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Contents Introduction PART ONE: RETHINKING THE CONTEXT AND PRACTICE OF DESIGN 1. Understanding the Nature of 'Practice' 2. Understanding the Directional Nature of Design (as object and practice) 3. The Imperative of the Redirection of Design 4. Design as a Redirective Practice 5. Reviewing Two Key Redirective Practices 6. Futuring, Redirective Practice, Development and Culture PART TWO: STRATEGIC DESIGN THINKING 7. Unpacking Futuring in Relation to the Self, Community, Culture and Ethics 8. Methods of Change 1: Platforming, Return Briefs and New Teams 9. Methods of Change 2: Designing in time 10. Futuring and Learning the New from the Past 11. Designer as Redirective Practitioner: New Roles beyond Design PART 3: DESIGN, SUSTAINMENT AND FUTURES 12. Futuring Against Sustaining the Unsustainable 13. Sustainment and a New Epoch of Humanity 14. Picturing Economic and Cultural Futures 15. Sustainment by Design (as Redirective Practice): 'Dig Where You Stand' 16. Challenges of the Communication of Sustainment and Futuring Notes Bibliography Index

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Design Futuring provides the authoritative discussion of sustainable design, presenting essential arguments to provide insight into the ethical, political and social concerns that will shape the design of the 21st Century.

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Tony Fry is a director of the sustainment consultancy Team D/E/S and Adjunct Professor of Design, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. He has taught and lectured internationally and is author of Remakings: Ecology, Design, Philosophy and A New Design Philosophy: An Introduction to Defuturing, among many other works.


Design Futuring defines redirective practice as a critical new paradigm for design-a way of engaging design and sustainability as they are implicated in and essential to our very survival. Broad. Accessible. Timely. * Eli Blevis, Indiana University at Bloomington *
A great introduction to the key concepts and contributions that Tony Fry has brought to the discourse of sustainability, alongside new concepts like redirective practice and practical suggestions for meaningful action. This is original thinking accessible to readers from all sectors. * Frances Whitehead, School of the Art Institute of Chicago *
This is an important book. One that is highly useful for designers, design educators and design students of any design area. * Aidan Rowe, University of Alberta *
Forceful, convincing, persuasive, and ultimately refreshing, leaving the reader with renewed investment in the role of designers for a sustain-able future. * Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture *
It has an easy reading style and an impressive bibliography and back up notes ... It's a reference book that could be used for core teaching right across the design and technology spectrum, with teachers being able to draw on concepts that can be easily explained at KS3, but also incorporating meatier offerings for those teaching at KS4 and A level. * just4Textiles *

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