Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy

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'A novel contribution to the literature.' Charles Newman, Resource 'Fresh thinking for a brave new world.' WordTrade.com

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Jonathan Chapman is a Senior Lecturer in Three Dimensional Design at the University of Brighton, UK, and founder of sustainable design and research company Safehouse Creative.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844071804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844071807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,218,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Boggs on November 3, 2014
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I found Chapman's treatise to be a welcome addition to the growing range of literature that frames the subject of sustainability and "responsible" design. As in the design process, Chapman is quick to assert that designing responsibly doesn't always follow neatly preordained steps in perfect sequence. As such, he offers that to design sustainably is to design flexibly and with consideration of the human experience and emotion. To be sure, no one tome on this subject is the silver bullet with all the answers. Chapman's perspective is well worth adding to collection of forward-leaning discussions on the topic of designing sustainably and responsibly.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. on November 8, 2014
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As an associate professor of design and architecture I find Dr. Chapman's work to be particularly valuable in the design studio, as well as in a history and theory seminar. Dr. Chapman's premise of studying with care the complex relationships we hold with manufactured "beloveds" resonates well with students and inspires them to seek unbeaten paths rather than reviving the tattered down-cycling route. Emotionally Durable Design's main thread remains widely relevant, especially when a broader swat of our world--not merely the design specialists--seek to revise how we may craft and interact more responsibly with objects that surround us. This work is researched with great care and crafted in an engaging manner. I would recommend it to all whom wish to rethink the nature of our built-environments.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By brokeday on December 23, 2011
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The message of this book is a good one. If products can connect with users at a deeper level than aesthetics, then they will stay out of landfills longer. However, the enjoyment and understanding of this is covered in the long and drawn out writing of its contents. Id recommend avoiding this for another book on the same topic.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Laing on June 16, 2012
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Mr. Chapman is unreadable. I'm kind of wondering if he was high on bath salts when he penned this literary abortion. If you were in a bind, the pages would manage as a viable substitute for toilet paper.
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