Design as Politics

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2011 - Design - 301 pages
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Design as Politics confronts the inadequacy of contemporary politics to deal with unsustainability. Current "solutions" to unsustainability are analysed as utterly insufficient for dealing with the problems but, further than this, the book questions the very ability of democracy to deliver a sustainable future.   Design as Politics argues that finding solutions to this problem, of which climate change is only one part, demands original and radical thinking. Rather than reverting to failed political ideologies, the book proposes a post-democratic politics. In this, design occupies a major role, not as it is but as it could be if transformed into a powerful agent of change, a force to create and extend freedom. The book does no less than position design as a vital form of political action.

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About the author (2011)

Tony Fryis a director of the sustainment consultancy Team D/E/S and Adjunct Professor of Design, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. He has taught and lectured internationally and is author of Remakings: Ecology, Design, Philosophy, A New Design Philosophy: an Introduction to Defuturing and Design Futuring: Sustainability, Ethics and New Practice(Berg).

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