Discussion – 5.2.2018

Additional Resources: The Emerging Transition Design Approach: Concluding Discussion

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Designer, educator and environmentalist Ezio Manzini discusses his new book Design,  When Everybody Designs that offers new approaches for designing more appropriately and sustainably.

Video from MICA Social Design, 2015

Journalist, environmentalist, author and design critic John Thackara gave a lecture on his new book “How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today”, hosted by Allan Chochinov and The Products of Design program at SVA, NYC, November 2015. In it, Thackara discusses a new kind of designing that will be necessary in the 21st century.

From a lecture at SVA, New York, November, 2015

Azby Brown, author of Just Enough, discusses how environmental problems were solved in Edo (Tokyo) Japan (1603- 1868) through ecological design

Video from International Society for Ecology and Culture, 2012

John Todd and Nancy Jack Todd, in the video below, are among the pioneers of ecological design, “using the intelligence of nature to solve human problems”. This is being done extremely effectively in the treatment of polluted water with  ‘living machines'(designed ecosystems which are analogies of natural ecosystems) invented by John Todd.

John Lane’s book Timeless Beauty acknowledges the importance of beauty and argues that our modern culture has become immune to ugliness. An important text for designers in all areas of sub discipline:

The Winterhouse Social Design Pathways Matrix is a useful tool for framing and critiquing design initiatives and understanding their scope and requisite skillets.

The video below is a lecture given by designer, theorist, author and environmentalist Tony Fry who was formerly Professor of Design Futures at Griffith University, Queenland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia. The lecture given at UM Stamps School of Art & Design expands on his concepts of sustainment, settlement and design as politics. and the ways in which design must change.

Video from UM Stamps School of Art and Design, circa 2011

Anne Leonard’s short video provides a good overview of what ‘closed loop’ cradle to cradle design is about and how it differs from current design/ production processes.

The TED Talk Sustainability by Design Channel contains 12 relevant talks. The following 2 are particularly relevant to Transition Design: Product designer Eben Bayer discusses a recipe for a new class of organic packaging materials made from fungus/mushrooms. Rachel Armstrong discusses the design and development of architecture that grows and repairs itself, coupling with the environment.

An important new area for design and designers is Design for Policy. In this video from the UK Design Council, Dr. Andrea Siodmok, Head of Policy Lab for the UK Cabinet Office, Christian Bason, CEO of the Danish Design Center and other explain what Design for Policy is:

Video from The UK Design Council, 2014

In this video Andrea Siodmok of Policy Lab , UK provides more details about the approaches/processes of Design for Policy and the types of projects being worked on:

Video from RSA, UK, 2015

Lecture & Group Working Session – 4.30.2018

Additional Resources: Designing Interventions

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This diagram based on Geels, 2005, shows one of the shifts or “de-stabilizations” that contributed to the transition from horse-drawn carriage to automobile: The invention of electricity at the landscape level, opened the possibility at the niche level for unchallenged experiments like the electric tram. In mapping historical transitions within socio-technical systems, it provides transition designers with the context necessary for designing ‘interventions’ at strategic points with the greatest potential to trigger systems-level change.

Lecture & Assignment Explained – 4.25.2018

Additional Resources: The Emerging Transition Design Approach

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Below are five potential modalities of transition designing, inspired by the booklet Reimagining Activism: A Practical Guide for the Great Transition by Michael Narberhaus