Call for contributions: Design & Nature, Routledge. 10.11.17
Design & Nature, Routledge. Edited by Kate Fletcher, Louise St Pierre, Mathilda Tham:

The context of this book is the threat to vital earth systems, as exemplified by climate change, ecological toxicity, and biodiversity loss. Human activities are driving the deterioration of natural systems. Technology, policy, new business models - even changed behaviours, are not enough to reverse the deterioration. Instead, new – or rediscovered old – relationships between humans and nature are required. Design, a powerful extension of humans, needs ecological insight. This book is being made, boldly and explicitly to create change.

The book aims to sketch out–feel out a new discipline for design, a new way of designing, a new ethic and new ways of integrating design with nature. Ultimately, this book aims to offer new ways of seeing the sustainability imperative and thereby seeks to address a convergence of crises in ecological, socio-cultural, and economic systems while finding potential for design actions including those outside design’s traditional comfort zone.

This edited work seeks to imaginatively build ways of knowing about design in relationship with others, including: scholars and practitioners outside of design, voices outside a dominant global North, the very young and old, and other-than-humans. It does this by presenting texts, visual essays and design responses from a wide variety of sources including natural science, visual arts, nature philosophy, poetry, design theory and practice.

Key dates and process

10 November, 2017
Deadline for submission of abstracts.
Please send us an abstract of 700 words, and include imagery as relevant. Please specify the type of contribution you are intending to make – i.e. case study, visual essay, poetry, as well as the perspectives you wish to take, and the geographical location from which you write. We ask contributors to explicitly position themselves in their narrative, and also to contribute to an agenda onwards for practice, education, research.

8 December, 2017
Authors are notified whether the contributions are selected for the book.
The selection of contributions is based on the quality of proposals, and arriving at a volume with diversity of themes and perspectives. For the period of writing the full submission, contributors will be invited to participate in small writing circles with other contributors. This is to support writers, create networks, and to foster cross- pollination between contributions.

20 March, 2018
Deadline for full submission of contributions.

Spring 2019
The book is published.


For submission of abstract and if you have questions, please contact:
Kate Fletcher Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London.
Email: k.t.fletcher@fashion.arts.ac.uk

Louise St Pierre Associate Professor of Design, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada.
Email: lsp@ecuad.ca

Mathilda Tham Professor of Design, Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Email: mathilda.tham@lnu.se
22.09.2017 um 10:45 Uhr

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