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'Definitely to be on the booklist of any product design course' Professor Jack Ingram, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design 'A fascinating book that takes the reader on a journey that is both diverse and full of surprise' Jonathan Chapman, Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton 'A sensitive, thought-provoking book that explores fresh possibilities.' Alastair Fuad-Luke, sustainable design facilitator, lecturer, writer and maker 'Sustainable by Design is a key addition to the ... bookshelf' Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, UCCA 'At once inspiring and informative ... It offers designers, students, and practitioners alike a journey into the heart of design through philosophical questioning of place, time, materiality, self, society, and meaning, without sacrificing the practical concerns regarding the transition from models of consumption to sustainability. The sophistication of the exploration cannot be overstated and should be required reading for students of design. Summing Up: Highly recommended.' Choice 'With beautiful images to back up his words, Walker tutors, suggests and inspires...this book is a must for students and designers, its thoughtful approach also makes it an interesting read for anyone who's excited by the current shift of play.' Sally White, Resource, 2008. 'Walker presents an investigation of sustainable desgign that is at once inspiring and informative...The sophistication of the exploration cannot be overstated and should be required reading for students of design.' L. Farooque, CHOICE

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Stuart Walker PhD is Professor of Environmental Design and Associate Dean (Research and International) at the post-graduate Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada. He is also Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK.
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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184407353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844073535
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart Walker is Professor of Design for Sustainability and Co-Director of the ImaginationLancaster research centre at Lancaster University, UK.

His practice-based research focuses on design for sustainability; product aesthetics and meaning; and design that explores and expresses human values and notions of spirituality.

His books include 'Sustainable by Design'; 'The Spirit of Design'; 'Designing Sustainability' as well as 'Enabling Solutions' with Ezio Manzini and Barry Wylant, and 'The Handbook of Design for Sustainability' with Jacques Giard. His research has won many awards and his conceptual designs have been exhibited at the Design Museum, London, across Canada and in Italy and the UK.

Links:
Website: http://stuartwalker.org.uk/
University Webpage: http://imagination.lancs.ac.uk/people/Stuart_Walker
TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYScnBExa1c




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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Logan on June 22, 2008
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What more interesting concepts do you want?! This book is full of fascinating and inspiring conceptual arguments about the things that hould be motivating and influencing today's designers. In our contemporary `throw away' culture and facing increasing resource scarcity and environmental degradation, we need to re-evaluate our role as designers in producing enduring products created in a sustainable manner, without compromising on the "complete" aesthetic. This unique book inspires and guides us through this difficult terrain (and there are some very interesting practical ideas too!).
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By michael le on January 2, 2014
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Omg, this book could be the product designer's bible in our age of environmental degradation. Thought provoking words melted into my ears and chiseled their glorious words into my subconscious. All my ideas of what ID was was shattered by this "avante garde" bro. Totally radical and at first perplexing ideas are presented to the soon to be product designer. Walker flips product design on its head and creates an environment where aesthetics and trends are brushed off the table and meaningful and consciously valuable products are lauded as an ideal to strive for. At first all his "products" are total "wtf is this s***", but the further in you read the more you realize its what they represent that is truly ingenious. The more you read it the more you get out of it!!!!!! Aspiring lads and ladies, this may be one of the most IMPORTANT books product designers need. s***, this book is an absolute treat for anyone who gives a damn about the world their kids are going to grow up in!!! Maybe not everyone will agree but damn it he makes a bangin good argument!!!!
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The amazing thing about this book is that through the propositional artifacts presented it transcends theory into practice, a must do for the science of design. This offers a more solid path to people in design. As Walker notes it is impossible to speculate exactly how sustainability will be experienced once it has emerged but that should not discourage designers from stumbling in the dark trying to frame the context of sustainability.
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All the books I've bought, are written very successful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kilograham on February 8, 2008
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I was hoping for more interesting concepts in this book, but making a clock from fruit isn't a particularly useful application for a practicing designer. Interesting book but there are better on the subject.
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