Design Roots: Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices (Paperback)

Design Roots: Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices By Stuart Walker (Editor), Martyn Evans (Editor), Tom Cassidy (Editor) Cover Image
By Stuart Walker (Editor), Martyn Evans (Editor), Tom Cassidy (Editor)
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Design Roots provides a comprehensive review of culturally significant designs, products and practices which are rooted to particular communities through making tradition and a sense of place. Many rich traditional practices associated with community, tacit knowledge and culture are being rapidly lost due to globalization and urbanization. Yet they have much to offer for the future in terms of sustainability, identity, wellbeing and new opportunities in design.

This book considers the creative roots, the place-based ecologies, and deep understandings of cultural significance, not only in terms of history and tradition but also in terms of locale, social interactions, innovation, and change for the sustainment of culturally significant material productions. Importantly, these are not locked in time by sentimentality and nostalgia but are evolving, innovative, and adaptive to new technologies and changing circumstances.

Contributing authors explore the historical roots of culturally significant designs, products and practices, emerging directions, amateur endeavours, enterprise models, business opportunities and the changing role and contribution of design in the creation of material cultures of significance, meaning and value.

An international perspective is provided through case studies and research from North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia, with examples including Aran jumper production in Northern Ireland, weaving in Thailand, Iranian housing design, Brazilian street design and digital crafting in the United Kingdom.

About the Author

Stuart Walker is Professor of Design for Sustainability at Lancaster University, UK. Martyn Evans is Professor of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Tom Cassidy is Chair of Design at the University of Leeds, UK. Jeyon Jung is Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK. Amy Twigger Holroyd is Associate Professor of Fashion and Sustainability at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350103412
ISBN-10: 1350103411
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: May 19th, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English