Creative Currents for our Common Futures: A model for collective reflection in action for engaged design research practice Creative Currents for our Common Futures: A model for collective reflection in action for engaged design research practice

Over the past two decades Design has actively engaged with sustainability as both a topic for, and as an agenda for intervention in entrenched social and technical practices. The collective expertise of the authors is in the area of design for sustainability, which we articulate as the practice of Social and Sustainable Design. Our work…… Continue reading Creative Currents for our Common Futures: A model for collective reflection in action for engaged design research practice
Creative Currents for our Common Futures: A model for collective reflection in action for engaged design research practice

When Design is Research: A proposition realised as artefact constitutes design’s knowledge contribution

Austrailan modes of Practice based PhDs have gained currency the world over within the creative disciplines. However with time and translation into other contexts the operating models often lose the core spirit that the focus on ‘practice’ as both a method and topic was intended to privilege the useful knowledge domain of creative practitioners. Written…… Continue reading When Design is Research: A proposition realised as artefact constitutes design’s knowledge contribution

Networks of evolution and a typology of ideologies and practices in modern design

In the first decade after independence, India was managed by its new rulers with a measure of caution and conservatism, focussed as they were upon healing the wounds of partition and maintaining the continuity of ongoing development projects set up by the British colonial administration. At the end of this period, as captured eloquently in…… Continue reading Networks of evolution and a typology of ideologies and practices in modern design

Speaking cloth: Including women’s account of body experiences in health innovations

This paper is about a project that works upon getting women to reflect upon their bodily experiences and to draw and paint their experiences as a way to communicate-out their journeys of childbearing. I arrived at this project of visual narratives because of the dissatisfaction I felt upon reading the solutions within texts on the…… Continue reading Speaking cloth: Including women’s account of body experiences in health innovations

The significance of Provocation in negotiating sustainability and future orientated Vehicle Design

The carbon footprint of a car is made up of the embodied emissions to make the car and the tail-pipe emissions of the car over its lifetime. A focus upon ‘reduction’ as a theme within sustainability agenda in car design would thus translate to a reduction in car production volumes and a reduction in demand…… Continue reading The significance of Provocation in negotiating sustainability and future orientated Vehicle Design

Visualizing new traditions: Responses to the medicalization of the body in remote rural Assam

In India a woman dies during childbirth every 8 minutes with a majority of these deaths occurring in  remote and rural communities. A significant proportion of these deaths occur in Assam a state defined by ethnic conflict, economic underdevelopment and a huge body of untamed water in the Brahmaputra. The state in India, which leads…… Continue reading Visualizing new traditions: Responses to the medicalization of the body in remote rural Assam