Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy

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Routledge, Apr 10, 2015 - Architecture - 224 pages

Emotionally Durable Design presents counterpoints to our ‘throwaway society’ by developing powerful design tools, methods and frameworks that build resilience into relationships between people and things. The book takes us beyond the sustainable design field’s established focus on energy and materials, to engage the underlying psychological phenomena that shape patterns of consumption and waste.

In fluid and accessible writing, the author asks: why do we discard products that still work? He then moves forward to define strategies for the design of products that people want to keep for longer. Along the way we are introduced to over twenty examples of emotional durability in smart phones, shoes, chairs, clocks, teacups, toasters, boats and other material experiences.

Emotionally Durable Design transcends the prevailing doom and gloom rhetoric of sustainability discourse, to pioneer a more hopeful, meaningful and resilient form of material culture. This second edition features pull-out quotes, illustrated product examples, a running glossary and comprehensive stand firsts; this book can be read cover to cover, or dipped in-and-out of. It is a daring call to arms for professional designers, educators, researchers and students from in a range of disciplines from product design to architecture; framing an alternative genre of design that reduces the consumption and waste of resources by increasing the durability of relationships between people and things.

 

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Contents

Chapter One The progress illusion
1
Chapter Two Consumer motivation
31
Chapter Three Attachments to objects
63
Chapter Four Authors of experience
87
Chapter Five Sustaining narrative
113
Chapter Six Defictioning utopia
137
Chapter Seven Realworld feasibility
157
Notes
181
References
195
Index
203
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About the author (2015)

Jonathan Chapman is Professor of Sustainable Design at the University of Brighton, UK. His research into product life extension has advanced design and business thinking in a range of settings, from Sony, Puma and Philips to the House of Lords and the UN.

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