Next week sees the launch of not one but two new books by staff from School of Architecture and Design. Professor Jonathan Chapman and Duncan Baker-Brown books consider sustainable design, closed loop systems and circular economies. However their books take radically different approaches to these complex and often misunderstood subjects.
Duncan Baker Brown’s The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide Towards A Circular Economy is a highly illustrated ‘atlas’, taking the reader on a journey via four distinct ‘steps’ (recycling, reuse, reduce, closed loop), from a linear economy towards a system emulating the natural world, i.e, a circular economy. Featuring over 25 detailed case studies describing design exemplars from the worlds of textile and fashion design, product design, interior architecture, architecture and urban design, this book’s purpose is to show designers how they can successfully navigate and exploit the emerging field of resource management and the circular economy. Each step is supplemented with an in depth interview with an expert who is successfully tackling one or more of these challenges.
“An extraordinarily well researched map of current thinking on our approach to the sustainable use of materials. It outlines a set of stepping stones towards a circular economy that puts design at the core of change, illustrated with a huge range of intriguing and inspiring examples from around the world that demonstrate the kind of thinking necessary for this transformation and highlight the opportunities that potentially flow from it.” Bill Gething, Sustainability and Architecture.
Professor Jonathan Chapman’s new book is entitled the “Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design”. It includes 35 essays and presents the first systematic overview of the burgeoning field of sustainable product design. The book takes readers to the depth of our engagements with the designed world to advance the social and ecological purpose of product design as a critical twenty-first-century practice. Comprising 35 chapters across 6 thematic parts, the book’s contributors include the most significant international thinkers in this dynamic and evolving field.
“Brimming with intelligent viewpoints, critical propositions, practical examples and rich theoretical analyses, this book provides an essential point of reference for scholars and practitioners at the intersection of product design and sustainability.” John Thackara, founder, Doors of Perception.