Forms of Sustainability

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).

Partners

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 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

Publications
Number of items: 22.

Mazé, Ramia and Olausson, Lisa and Plöjel, Matilda and Redström, Johan and Zetterlund, Christina, eds. (2013) Share This Book: Critical perspectives and dialogues about design and sustainability. Axl Books, Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN ISBN (Print) 9789186883140 ISBN (E-book): 9789186883195

Keshavarz, Mahmoud and Mazé, Ramia (2013) Design and Dissensus: Framing and staging participation in design research. Design Philosophy Papers, 1 . ISSN 1448-7136

Mazé, Ramia (2013) Design Practices and the Micropolitics of Sustainability. In: Architecture in Effect, 6-8 Feb 2013, Umeå, Sweden. (Unpublished)

Mazé, Ramia (2013) Formes Critiques: Pour une pratique critique du design. Les Cahiers du Musée National d'Art Moderne, édition spéciale 'Design & Prospective Industrielle' (Printemps). pp. 46-55. ISSN 0181-1525-18

Mazé, Ramia (2013) Who is sustainable? Querying the politics of sustainable design practices. In: Share This Book: Critical perspectives and dialogues about design and sustainability. Axl Books, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 83-124. ISBN ISBN (Print) 9789186883140 ISBN (E-book): 9789186883195

Mazé, Ramia and Redström, Johan and Zetterlund, Christina (2013) Introductions. In: Share This Book: Critical perspectives and dialogues about design and sustainability. Axl Books, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 5-17. ISBN ISBN (Print) 9789186883140 ISBN (E-book): 9789186883195

Mazé, Ramia and Redström, Johan and Zetterlund, Christina and Plöjel, Matilda (2013) Concluding dialogue. In: Share This Book: Critical perspectives and dialogues about design and sustainability. Axl Books, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 125-128. ISBN ISBN (Print) 9789186883140 ISBN (E-book): 9789186883195

Mazé, Ramia (2012) A Critical Practice. In: The Swedish Museum of Architecture: A fifty year perspective. The Swedish Museum of Architecture, Stockholm, pp. 158-160. ISBN 978-91-85460-88-5

Ericson, Magnus and Mazé, Ramia (2011) 'Introduction', 6-11, 'Reflection', 277-297, 'About', 11-15 and 298-327, 'WHAT', 16-18, 'HOW', 102-109, and 'WHERE', 156-162. In: DESIGN ACT: Socially and politically engaged design today. Iaspis / Sternberg Press, Berlin. ISBN 978-91-978882-1-9

Llorens, Natasha Marie and Mazé, Ramia (2011) HOW does it happen and what does it take. In: DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today – critical roles and emerging tactics. Iaspis / Sternberg Press, Berlin, pp. 110-155. ISBN 978-91-978882-1-9

Avila, Martin and Carpenter, John and Mazé, Ramia (2010) 3Ecologies: Visualizing sustainability factors and futures. In: LeNS conference 'Sustainability in Design: Now!', 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2010, Bangalore, India.

Öhman, Christina and Backlund, Sara and Redström, Johan and Mazé, Ramia and Ilstedt Hjelm, Sara and Routarinne, Sara (2010) Static! Designing for Energy Awareness. Arvinius Förlag, Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN ISBN 978-91-85689-34-7

de Jong, Annelise and Mazé, Ramia (2010) Cultures of Sustainability: ‘Ways of doing’ cooking. In: ERSCP-EMSU Conference 'Knowledge Collaboration & Learning for Sustainabile Innovation', 25-29 Oct 2010, Delft, the Netherlands.

Mazé, Ramia (2010) RE: Thinking sustainability – Critical thinking and design practice. In: Designing for Sustainable Living & Working. VSSD, Delft, The Netherlands, pp. 29-38. ISBN 978-90-6562-244-0

Bergström, J. and Mazé, Ramia and Redström, Johan and Vallgårda, Anna (2009) Symbiots: Conceptual interventions into energy systems. In: Nordic Design Research Conference, 30 Aug -1 Sept 2009, Oslo, Norway.

Mazé, Ramia (2009) Critical form(ations): a case study. In: Communicating (by) Design, 15-17 April 2009, Brussels, Belgium.

Mazé, Ramia (2009) Critical of What? / Kritiska mot vad? In: Iaspis Forum on Design and Critical Practice – The Reader. Sternberg Press, Berlin, pp. 378-397. ISBN 978-1-933128-63-4

Mazé, Ramia and Redström, Johan (2009) DIFFICULT FORMS: Critical practices of design and research. Research Design Journal, 1 (1). pp. 28-39.

Redström, Johan (2009) Disruptions. In: (Re)Searching the Digital Bauhaus. Springer, London, pp. 191-217. ISBN 978-1-84800-349-1

Mazé, Ramia and Redström, Johan (2008) Switch! Energy ecologies in everyday life. International Journal of Design, 2 (3). pp. 55-70.

Redström, Johan (2008) RE:Definitions of use. Design Studies, 29 (4). pp. 410-423.

Mazé, Ramia and Redström, Johan (2007) Difficult forms: critical practices of design and research. In: IASDR'07: International Association of Socities of Design Research 2007 - Emerging Trends in Design Research, 12-15 Nov 2007, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design.

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SHARE THIS BOOK!

Announcing the first comprehensive book about this substantial research project by the Interactive Institute and Konstfack!

Matilda Plöjel, Ramia Mazé, Lisa Olausson, Johan Redström, and Christina Zetterlund (eds) (2013) Share This Book: Critical perspectives and dialogues about design and sustainability. Stockholm: Axl Books. ISBN (Print) 9789186883140 ISBN (E-book): 9789186883195

This is a critical time in design. Concepts and practices of design are changing in response to historical developments in the modes of industrial design production and consumption. Indeed, the imperative of more sustainable development requires profound reconsideration of design today. Theoretical foundations and professional definitions are are at stake, with consequences for institutions such as museums and educations as well as for future practitioners. This is ‘critical’ on many levels, from the urgency need to address societal and environmental issues and the reflexivity required to think and do design differently.

This book traces the consequences of sustainability for concepts and practices of design. Our basic questions concern how fundamental concepts that have become institutionalized in design may (or may not) be adequate for addressing contemporary challenges. The book is composed of three main, authored sections, which present different trajectories through a shared inquiry into notions of ‘form’ and ‘critical practice’ in design. In each section, there is a dialogue between text and image – theory and practice, argument and experiment – in which photographic, graphic, facsimile, or other materials act not as illustrations but as arguments in another (designed) form. Each argument interweaves theoretical, historical and practical perspectives that, cumulatively, critique and reconfigure design as we see it.

Table of contents

Introductions, p. 5

Form-Acts: A critique of conceptual cores, Johan Redström, p. 17

Beyond institutionalized practice: Exhibition as a way of understanding craft and design,  Lisa Olausson (design) and Christina Zetterlund (text), p. 49

Who is sustainable? Querying the politics of sustainable design practices, Ramia Mazé, p. 83

Concluding dialogue, p. 125

Extended colophon (or Why share this book), Matilda Plöjel, p. 129

Interim pages, Lisa Olausson and Matilda Plöjel, p. 15, 47, 81, 123

The form of the book embodies concepts explored in the book and breaks with many of the unsustainable logics of large-scale publishing. It is published with the forward-thinking Stockholm-based Axl Books and is available in a limited print-run and a free electronic version (Creative Commons license).

order the book

Print version: Axlbooks.com, Amazon.com, AdLibris.se, Bokus.se, etc.
Electronic version (free download): Axlbooks.com

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