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Design As Politics

Design As Politics

by Tony Fry

Tony Fry is Director of the sustainment consultancy Team D/E/S and Professor of Design, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. He is also author of Design Futuring: Sustainability, Ethics and New Practice (Berg, 2008) and Design as Politics (Berg, 2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Berg, 2011
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474293723
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-9372-3 (online)

    978-1-8478-8568-5 (hardback)

    978-1-8478-8567-8 (paperback)

    978-1-8478-8706-1 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    Oxford
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
Design As Politics
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Design as Politics confronts the inadequacy of contemporary politics to deal with unsustainability. Current 'solutions' to unsustainability are analysed as utterly insufficient for dealing with the problems but, further than this, the book questions the very ability of democracy to deliver a sustainable future.

Design as Politics argues that finding solutions to this problem, of which climate change is only one part, demands original and radical thinking. Rather than reverting to failed political ideologies, the book proposes a post-democratic politics. In this, Design occupies a major role, not as it is but as it could be if transformed into a powerful agent of change, a force to create and extend freedom. The book does no less than position Design as a vital form of political action.