Sustainability

The Spirit of Design

Imaginative design will be a crucial factor in enacting sustainability in people's daily lives. Yet current design practice is trapped in consumerist cycles of innovation and production, making it difficult to imagine how we might develop a more meaningful and sustainable rendition of material culture.

The Handbook of Design for Sustainability

Sustainability has emerged as a central issue for contemporary societies and for the world community as a whole. Furthermore, many of the social and environmental concerns that are embodied in the term 'sustainability' are directly or indirectly related to design. Designers help to define our human made environment - how it is produced, how it is used, and how long it endures.

Designing Sustainability

What is the relationship between design, sustainability, inner values and spirituality? How can we create designs that provide a convincing alternative to unsustainable interpretations of progress, growth, consumerism and commercialism? Building on the arguments first advanced in his widely acclaimed books Sustainable by Design and The Spirit of Design, Stuart Walker explains how we can achieve the systemic changes needed to address the challenges of sustainability.

Deep Design: Pathways to a Livable Future

In Deep Design, David Wann explores a new way of thinking about design, one that asks, "What is our ultimate goal?" before the first step has even been taken. Designs that begin with such a question—whether in products, buildings, technologies, or communities—are sensitive to living systems, and can potentially accomplish their mission without the seemingly unavoidable side effects of pollution, erosion, congestion, and stress. Such "deep designs" meet the key criteria of renewability, recyclability, and nontoxicity.

Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice

To advance the subject of design one has to engage in the activity of designing. Sustainable by Design offers a compelling and innovative, design-centred approach that explores both the meaning and practice of sustainable design. Walker explores the design process in the context of sustainability, and challenges conventional ways of defining, designing and producing functional objects.

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design

In The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, Jason McLennan outlines the major ideas and issues that have emerged in the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design over the last thirty years. This book is intended as a starting point for anyone involved in the building industry on a journey to learn how they can build more responsibly. The book is rooted in practical knowledge but rather than being a 'how to' book, asks individuals to understand how the philosophy of sustainable design can affect their own work.

Cause and Effect

"The communications industry is the only agency possessing the capacity to convey the knowledge necessary for sustainable development to the required extent and in the timeframe we have at our disposal."—Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute


Against this background, Cause and Effect is the first book to focus on how communication measures can change our behavior and make us more environmentally friendly. It reveals a new visual language for sustainability.

Field Guide to Sustainable Packaging

In a new publication, author Steve Sterling explores the origins and definition of sustainability and offers actionable strategies, inspirational success stories and essential resources for your company to begin or continue your journey towards sustainability. The book features interviews with high-level professionals who have successfully realigned their corporate goals to integrate sustainability. You'll also find practical case histories offering real world models, and timely insights into the Wal-Mart Scorecard.

The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability

The world has changed in the seventeen years since the controversial initial publication of Paul Hawken's Ecology of Commerce, a stirring treatise about the perceived antagonism between ecology and business. Yet Hawken's impassioned argument—that business both causes the most egregious abuses of the environment and, crucially, holds the most potential for solving our sustainability problems—is more relevant and resonant than ever.

The Nature of Design

The environmental movement has often been accused of being overly negative--trying to stop "progress." The Nature of Design, on the other hand, is about starting things, specifically an ecological design revolution that changes how we provide food, shelter, energy, materials, and livelihood, and how we deal with waste.

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