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Learning from the past to challenge the contemporary context of design: A collaborative enquiry investigating the effect of time on the design process

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Certain elements of contemporary design practice strike the authors as rather meager, especially in regard to the decision-making stage, allowing little or no time for contemplation and thus causing design to become a prompt reaction rather than an extended reasoning. This co-written article examines the lack of time in design practice and with it the lost appreciation of previous ways of thinking and making. Thus, it investigates ways of moving forward with craft, seeking to develop the bridging between designerly knowing and craftsmanship by reintroducing concepts of craft (dwelling, care) into current design practice. In doing this we hope to encourage designers to explore how previous knowledge can be utilized to develop an alternative mode of progress for design – leading us to propose an evolutionary approach to design.
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Keywords: craft; design history; design practice; dwelling; evolution; time

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Goldsmiths, University of London

Publication date: 2012-11-20

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