Chapter 16: Designer as facilitator

‘Designing is not a profession but an attitude.’

László Moholy-Nagy

The range of skills required of working designers – such as being comfortable with the unknown, synthesizing complex information, working across disciplinary boundaries and making intuitive leaps in thinking – are similar in scope and nature to many of the challenges thrown up by sustainability. Both tend to be highly interrelated, know no industrial or disciplinary borders, and often necessitate that we see and understand the issues in different ways. These multiple points of overlap suggest that design thinking and skills are extremely well placed to respond to sustainability challenges and in so doing offer many new opportunities for designers. ...

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