Sustainability Research by Designers

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  • Title: Sustainability Research by Designers: An Anthology
  • Editor(s): Lisa M. Graham
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Design Principles & Practices
  • Keywords: Sustainable Design, Green Design, Design-Social Aspects, Sustainability
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-86335-876-7
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-86335-877-4
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  • Citation: Graham, Lisa M., ed. 2011. Sustainability Research by Designers: An Anthology. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-86335-877-4/CGP.
  • Extent: 184 pages


Sustainability or green design is an area of growing concern for many design researchers from a wide range of experiences and disciplines, including graphic designers, architects, design theorists, environmental designers, artists, students and educators. These researchers are exploring the topic of sustainability through discourse, studies, and reflection—defining what sustainable design currently means and potentially means as a new, interdisciplinary design profession. Sustainability Research by Designers: An Anthology is an interdisciplinary volume featuring written sustainability research by accomplished design practitioners, researchers, and educators selected from the recognized peer-reviewed scholarly journals Design Principles & Practices: An International Journal; The International Journal of the Arts in Society; The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability; The International Journal of the Humanities; and The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society. Contents PART I: SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN GRAPHIC DESIGN Sustainable Graphic Design Lisa Graham Ethics of a Designer in a Global Economy A Class on Contemporary Design Issues Eric Benson Graphic Design Niches in Unsustainable Development Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel Teaching Toward an Ethical Legacy in Graphic Design Scott Thomas Boylston Saving the Soul of Graphic Design How Technology Can Help Designers Meet Their Social Obligations Simon Downs PART II: SUSTAINABILITY IN ARCHITECTURE Greening Healthcare Facilities Lisa Graham, Curtis Fain “Places of Respite” Designing Healing Experiences for Staff, Patients, and Visitors in Healthcare Facilities Lisa Graham, Curtis Fain Towards Sustainable Building Design David Grierson Lifecycle An Attitude and Philosophy that Informs Architecture Paul Zorr PART III: INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKS Rethinking Design Ethics, Sustainability, and New Practice Lisa Graham An Ecology for Design From the Natural, Through the Artificial, To the Un-Natural Viveka Turnbull Hocking What does Complexity have to do with Sustainable Design? Carmela Cucuzzella New Vision through Biomimetic Design Barbara Colombo