Design & Nature Deadline for submission of abstracts.

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Date: 
10/11

Why The context of this book is the threat to vital earth systems, as exemplified by climate change, ecological toxicity, and biodiversity loss. Human activities are driving the deterioration of natural systems. Technology, policy, new business models - even changed behaviours, are not enough to reverse the deterioration. Instead, new – or rediscovered old – relationships between humans and nature are required. Design, a powerful extension of humans, needs ecological insight. This book is being made, boldly and explicitly to create change.

What Organized as a dialogue between nature and design, this book explores design ideas, opportunities, visions and practices for relating and uncovering how design can engage with the natural world. Ideas and practices carving out the relational, context-rich territory of ‘design and nature’ are still at an embryonic stage. The book aims to sketch out–feel out a new discipline for design, a new way of designing, a new ethic and new ways of integrating design with nature. Ultimately, this book aims to offer new ways of seeing the sustainability imperative and thereby seeks to address a convergence of crises in ecological, socio-cultural, and economic systems while finding potential for design actions including those outside design’s traditional comfort zone. This includes challenging the complex relationships and narratives of our world, from economic growth imperatives to patriarchal worldviews.

10 November, 2017 Deadline for submission of abstracts.

Please send us an abstract of 700 words, and include imagery as relevant. Please specify the type of contribution you are intending to make – i.e. case study, visual essay, poetry, as well as the perspectives you wish to take, and the geographical location from which you write. We ask contributors to explicitly position themselves in their narrative, and also to contribute to an agenda onwards for practice, education, research.

8 December, 2017 Authors are notified whether the contributions are selected for the book.

The selection of contributions is based on the quality of proposals, and arriving at a volume with diversity of themes and perspectives. For the period of writing the full submission, contributors will be invited to participate in small writing circles with other contributors. This is to support writers, create networks, and to foster cross-pollination between contributions.

20 March, 2018 Deadline for full submission of contributions.

Spring 2019 The book is published.

For submission of abstract and if you have questions, please contact:

Kate Fletcher Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London. Email: k.t.fletcher@fashion.arts.ac.uk

Louise St Pierre Associate Professor of Design, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada. Email: lsp@ecuad.ca

Mathilda Tham Professor of Design, Linnaeus University, Sweden. Email: mathilda.tham@lnu.se