‘Designers alone can’t bring about a steady state economy, but we can begin to use the economy for sustainable ends, rather than letting the economy use us for economic growth.’

Ann Thorpe

Designers influence and shape our material world. Most design work is closely allied with a commercial agenda based on transforming matter and energy into products and products into waste, in ever-increasing quantities, in order to ensure that sales increase and businesses grow. Yet these activities, which are afforded ‘logic’ by larger economic models, are at the same time widely seen as the chief factor inhibiting broad and deep change towards sustainability. The activities themselves and their associated thought ...

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