Forms of Sustainability investigates intersections between critical practice and sustainable design, material culture and design history. Aiming to further develop the theoretical and methodological aspects of critical and conceptual design, the project inquires into conceptions of 'form' in light of the contemporary social and environmental challenges posed by sustainability. Combining theoretical, historical and practice-based approaches to design research, we explore how design critique and critical practice can be combined to surface and explore issues in, and about, design.
The aim of Forms of Sustainability has been to develop theories and methods relevant to design practitioners, researchers, teachers, and students. The project builds on experiences from a series of previous design research programs, such as Static! and Switch! (funded by the Swedish Energy Agency), the resulting international touring exhibition Visual Voltage (commissioned by the Swedish Institute), and from a series of cultural and curatorial projects involving the design community and the public such as DESIGN ACT, Tumult (Gustavsberg Konsthall, 2009) and Conversation in, within and about a Sofa (Arkitekturmuseet, 2011).
Forms of Sustainability was funded by the Swedish Research Council (project number 2008-2257) between 2009 and 2012, led by RISE Interactive (formerly called Interactive Institute) and Konstfack. Main researchers include Johan Redström (project leader), Ramia Mazé and Christina Zetterlund, with additional participation from Mahmoud Keshavarz and Matilda Plöjel.BESbswyBESbswyBESbsw Lisa Olausson is also a contributor to the book.
The project results in a book - click on the link in the sidebar for more information - SHARE THIS BOOK: Critical Perspectives and Dialogues about Design and Sustainability (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2013). The book is available in print and free digital editions through the publisher's website and many traditional and online bookstores. In the book are original articles, dialogs, examples and images by Ramia Mazé, Lisa Olausson, Matilda Plöjel, Johan Redström, and Christina Zetterlund. In its thoughtful content and experimental form, the book has wide appeal for design practitioners, researchers, teachers, and students. To order the book:
Print version: Axlbooks.com, Amazon.com, AdLibris.se, Bokus.se, etc.
Electronic version (free download): Axlbooks.com