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Resilient Design and the Art of Sustainable Living

By (author) Kristine Hornshøj Harper
Cover design or artwork by Theodore Guidotti


Publishing 13th Sep 2021
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    • The book looks at sustainability from both the producer and consumer side. Most sustainability books try to do one or the other, so looking at that connection is unique
    • Provides the reader with a thorough, yet clear, insight into various philosophical topics and traditions, and couples these with sustainable living and design
    • Offers operational, strategic guidelines on working with sustainability and anti-trend in the design process
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    The overall purpose of Anti-trend is to encourage designers and consumers to take responsibility for overproduction and overconsumption, and to alter unsustainable production and behavioural patterns. Through a study of anti-trend as opposed to volatile trends the importance of pursuing resilience in life in general and in relation to the creation of sustainable design-objects and living solutions is underlined. Hence, the anti-trend investigations navigate through two main focal points: anti-trendy living and the anti-trendy design practice. Establishing a sustainable lifestyle and designing durable products have one very important thing in common: they revolve around the formation of an enduring core that can function as a stable, yet flexible foundation for actions and usage.

    One of the most important and vital ways of overcoming and turning around the immense environmental problems we are currently facing worldwide is radical reduction of consumption. However, despite the fact that altering our habitual consumer ways might sound straightforward, it appears to be unbelievably hard. Even though we are bombarded with horrific and very tangible scenarios involving starving polar bears, whales with plastic-filled stomachs, and burning rivers, and even though these images are presented as interlinked with overconsumption, we continue to shop, and we continue to discard the majority of our belongings way before they don’t work anymore or are worn out, and hence we continue to add to the mountains of rubbish that are building up in landfills and in oceans. The reason for this could be partly interlinked with an increasing detachment from our physical, natural environment and partly with the fact that habits are hard to change, particularly when engulfed in a busy daily routine. Our lack of sustainable action is likely connected to the fact that status symbols are to an extent associated with new, flashy things, and to the constant craving for more that seems to govern our late-modern minds and societies, as well as to the despair that this entails. Therefore, a significant part of Anti-trend is dedicated to an investigation of despair as well as authentic, sustainable living. Other parts of the book are committed to solutions: to an investigation of how objects and living solutions can encourage fulfilled, sustainable, resilient living.

    About the Author

    Kristine H. Harper is a freelance writer and researcher. Her main research areas are sustainable object-design and living, aesthetics, permaculture, and preservation of endangered crafts traditions. She worked as a lecturer in Copenhagen for a decade and is the author of Aesthetic Sustainability and has written a wide range of articles on sustainability.

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    Publish date
    13th Sep 2021
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
    228 mm x 177 mm
    304 Pages
    50 color
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