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Social Sustainability: A design research approach to sustainable development
RISE, Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute. Design Research Unit.
designing social innovation, forms of sustainability.
RISE, Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute. Design Research Unit.
Number of Authors: 3
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While issues such as clean production and energy efficiency are still central in sustainable development discourse, attention is increasingly on patterns of consumption at multiple levels in society. This opens new opportunities and responsibilities for design research, as we shift from a focus on product lifecycles to people’s lifestyles. It also requires further understanding the ‘social sustainability’ aspects of the environment and development, including the complexity of problematics characterized by uncertainties, contradictions and controversies. In response, we propose a programmatic approach, in which a tentative assemblage of theoretical and experimental strategies frame a common ground for a collaborative and practice-led inquiry. We present a design research program based on two propositions: socio-cultural practices are the basic unit for design, and; transitions, and transition management, are the basic points of design intervention. Rather than affirming the status quo or the prevailing discourse, we argue for design research as a ‘critical practice’, in which cultural diversity, non-humans and multiple futures are considered.

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2011, 14.
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-23869OAI: diva2:1042947
4th World Conference on Design Research (IASDR)
designing social innovation, forms of sustainability
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