Design and Production for Sustainability

Research into the nature and form of functional objects

Themes in this research focus on integrated scales of manufacture:

  • Local, regional, national and international
  • Implications for product design
    • Materials
    • Processes
    • Localisation (maintenance, repair etc)

Selected publications and presentations in this area include:

Walker, S. Design for Sustainability: Practiced-Based  in objects, environment and meaning, Keynote Address, International Symposium on Sustainable Design (ISSD) September 29th-30th 2011, UFPE, Recife, Brazil.

Richards, B., Walker, S., Blair, L. Cyber-Sustainability: leaving a lasting legacy of human wellbeing, Alt-HCI Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, July 4-8 2011

Walker, S., Experiments in Design for Social Sustainability, Keynote Address: Sustainability Workshop, Cumulus 2010 Conference, Tonji University, Shanghai, China, September 6-10 2010.

Walker, S., Design for Sustainability, Keynote Address: Wuxi University, China, September 10 2010.

Enabling solutions for sustainable living.  Manzini, Ezio; Walker, Stuart; Wylant, Barry (co-editors). Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2008.

Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice.  Walker, Stuart .Earthscan, London, 2006.

Integration of scales : mass-produced plus locally produced parts. Walker, Stuart . in: Design studies: a reader. ed.  Hazel Clark ; David Brody. Oxford : Berg, 2009.

  

Design PhD Studies in this area: Prof. Walker is one of several faculty members involved in the Design PhD conference - an annual event offered in conjunction with Northumbria University. He is particularly interested in hearing from potential Design PhD candidates with interests that would fall within the broad themes of design for sustainability and/or design and human meaning (values, spirituality etc.), or who have interests in practice-based design research.

 



 

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Developing environmental sustainability strategies, the Double Diamond method of LCA and design thinking: a case study from aged care

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Developing environmental sustainability strategies, the Double Diamond method of LCA and design thinking: a case study from aged care

Latest Journal article published with SImon Lockrey, the article attempts to provide a process for Designers, LCA experts and Social Scentists to work together to develop sustainability strategies. This paper introduces a process to develop context-specific environmental sustainability strategies by utilising streamlined Life Cycle Assessment and Design Thinking. This process is referred to as the Double Diamond method of Life Cycle Assessment...Read full article

Radical Design for Sustainability: Professor Stuart Walker at TEDx Brum

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Radical Design for Sustainability: Professor Stuart Walker at TEDx Brum

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Exploring Sustainability Research in Computing: Where we are and where we go next

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Exploring Sustainability Research in  Computing: Where we are and where we go next

This paper by Bran Knowles (HighWire), Stuart Walker (ImaginationLancaster) and Lynne Blair (Computing) develops a holistic framework of questions which seem to motivate sustainability research in computing in order to enable new opportunities for critique. Analysis ofsystematically selected corpora...More information

Design and Spirituality: material culture for a wisdom economy

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Design and Spirituality: material culture for a wisdom economy

Published in Design Issues journal Summer 2013, Vol. 29, No. 3: 89–107. Author: Professor Stuart Walker ...More information

THE HANDBOOK OF DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY

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THE HANDBOOK OF DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Published by Bloomsbury Academic July 2013 Editors: Stuart Walker (ImaginationLancaster) and Jacques Giard (Arizona State University) http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-handbook-of-design-for-sustainability-9... ...More information