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Flourish by Design – Open Access version available

Publication day

Date Published: 12 September 2023

It’s publication day for Flourish by Design. Edited by Nick Dunn, Leon Cruickshank and Gemma Coupe from ImaginationLancaster and published by RoutledgeFlourish by Design brings together a range of established and emerging voices in design research for a collection that provides original provocations on topics of global significance. It is an insightful guide to original theory and practice concerning how we can design for a better tomorrow.

Featuring contributors from a diverse array of backgrounds and professions, this edited book explores the difference that design and design research can make for people, organisations, and the planet to prosper now and in the future. It offers a range of ideas and techniques through practical examples and ongoing projects showing how applied design research can respond to global challenges. Covering topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, bio-inspired materials, more-than-human design, sustainability, and urban acupuncture, it shares interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary design research not just to demonstrate what could be plausible in the near future but also to explain why it might be preferable. By sharing these despatches, this collection represents the very best of what design research can do, explaining how and why. This book is intended for a wide audience of professionals, scholars, and students in design, architecture, and public policy, as well as anyone who has an interest in how we design the world and, in turn, it designs us.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with all the contributors on their chapters. We name and thank them all here before sharing the link to the Open Access version of the book below: Mariana Amatullo, PhD Jez Bebbington, Lee Brewster, Bruce Brown, Dr. Camilla Buchanan, Elisavet Christou, Ana Rute Costa, Leon Cruickshank, Sevra Davis FRSA, Nick Dunn, John Ehrenfeld, Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, PhD, Christopher Frayling, Ros Galabo, PhD, Rupert Griffiths, Naomi Jacobs, Boyeun Lee, Kun-pyo Lee, Joseph Lindley, Marzia Mortati, Louise Mullagh, Ravi Naidoo, David Pérez, Paul Rodgers, Jenny Sabin, Laura Santamaria, Prof. Andrea Siodmok OBE, Chris Speed, Michael Stead, Deyan Sudjic, Emmanuel Tsekleves, louise valentine, Ingrid Van der Wacht. A special thank you to Rachel Cooper OBE, Lady for her insightful afterword to the book. A final thank you to Routledge who have been wonderful to work with throughout.

We hope you enjoy the range of contributions in the Open Access version below. Design (responsibly) after reading!