Designers, Visionaries + Other Stories: A Collection of Sustainable Design Essays

Jonathan Chapman, Nicholas Gant

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Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories unpacks the contentious and contradictory debates on sustainable design, through a collection of critical essays by key theorists, and ‘experts’, with opposing views. The result is an rich anthology, which reinvigorates the culture of critique that, in previous years, has empowered design with the qualities of social, environmental and economic revolution. Collectively, these impacting texts argue that designers have a new purpose, and a visionary cause to champion: sustainability is an unprecedented opportunity for design to reinvent itself. The research, development and writing of this book was supported by industrial sponsorship (£54,950) and represents a significant collaboration that moves beyond the established disconnect that frequently divides industrial and academic discourses. In addition to commentary and narrative running throughout the book by Chapman (and co-editor, Gant), the book features chapters by leading theorists including Ezio Manzini (Professor of Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Alastair Fuad-Luke (sustainable design facilitator, lecturer and writer), John Wood (Professor of Design, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK), Stuart Walker (Professor and co-ordinator of Imagination@Lancaster, UK), Kate Fletcher (freelance eco design consultant and leading specialist in sustainable fashion and textiles) and a Foreword by John Thackara (director, Doors of Perception). Citations and acclaim include CNN International, Blueprint and Treehugger.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
Number of pages154
ISBN (Print)9781844074129
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007


  • Sustainable design
  • motivation
  • systems
  • slow
  • meta-design
  • utopia


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