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The mentality that consumerism and economic rowth are cure alls is one of the biggest obstacles to real sustainability but any change seems impossible unthinkable Our contemporary paradox finds us relying for our well being on consumer driven economic rowth that we actually can t afford not in environmental economic or social terms Although architecture and design have long been seen as engines for consumerism and rowth increasing numbers of designers are concerned about the problems resulting from rowth But designers face a paradox of their own; in scenarios of sustainable consumption where people consume or build significantly less what will be left for design.

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How we can understand the problem of consumerism as four main challenges that designers are already addressing The book maps out the main issues surrounding the development of metrics that designers and others can use to measure wellbeing instead of simply measuring economic rowth The second half of the book looks at how design activism works and its connection to rowth and consumerist issues These chapters examine how activist practices are financed highlight five specific methods that designers use in working for social change and investigate the power of these methods The book concludes with a consideration of what design s role might be in a post rowth societ.

Ers to doThis book informed by recent research into the viability of a steady state economy sets an agenda for addressing the designer s paradox of sustainable consumption The agenda includes ways that architecture and design can help transition us towards a new kind of economy that prioritizes real wellbeing rather than economic Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION growth Packed with examples and illustrations the book argues that taking action or activism is an important but so far underexplored way for architects and designers to confront consumerismThe first chapters explore how economicrowth and consumerism shape and are shaped by the professions of architecture product and landscape design and.

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