Design for Resilience
Making the Future We Leave Behind
416 pp., 6 x 9 in, 77 b&w illus.
- Published: August 1, 2023
- Publisher: The MIT Press
A beautifully written and illustrated framework for resilient design that is as pragmatic as it is inspiring, showing us not only how but why we should design differently.
Design for Resilience is a timely, visionary map for creating restorative design that addresses humanity's most critical issue: climate change. Our current wealth-oriented economic systems have resulted in gross disparities, war, refugee crises, and mass migrations that augur a bleak collective future. In this book, respected scholar Stuart Walker combines formidable research with practical examples to offer a hopeful, original, and transformative view of what resilient design looks like and how it can apply to all aspects of life, from personal objects to food to culture to business to recreation.
Working at the intersection of theory, philosophy, history, environmentalism, and justice, Walker offers a fresh approach that decolonizes design thinking to fundamentally change the nature of design practice and how it shapes our lives, communities, and industries. Asking nothing short of the fundamental question “How should we live?,” Design for Resilience addresses the high-priority issues that concern governments, policymakers, designers, and people around the world who recognize that now, perhaps more than at any other time in human history, we need paradigmatic changes to create a future that lasts.
“Stuart Walker's new book is a must—and not only for designers. It truly offers actionable hope for a future that lasts for everyone.”
Karl Stocker, Professor, University of Graz, coauthor of Designing Sustainable Cities (with Sigrid Bürstmayr)
“In addition to his fascinating theoretical argument, Walker offers a powerful perspective that touches our senses with a radically poetic originality. This book invites us to build other possible worlds through design.”
Mariana G. De la Rosa, Head of the Industrial Design Programe, México; President of DI-INTEGRA Mexican Association of Institutions and Schools of Industrial Design
“This critical and engaging text takes the reader through an impressive array of theory and practice from design, science, and culture, with an optimistic call to action backed by persuasive precedents of resilient living.”
Bruce M. Hanington, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; coauthor of Universal Methods of Design and Universal Methods of Design
“Through a deeply engaging analysis, reflecting on design's foundations and developing propositions for its future, Walker calls for a more responsible, reflective, and ethically informed design practice, attuned to the complex and interconnected challenges of our time.”
Matt Malpass, Reader, Critical Design Practice, UAL: Central Saint Martins; author of Critical Design in Context: History, Theory, and Practice