cameron tonkinwise

cameron tonkinwise
University of Technology Sydney | UTS · Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building

BA Hons 1, PhD

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Introduction
teaching undergraduate Design Studies and postgraduate Service Design supervising PhDs in Transition Design currently researching Energy Practice Transitions formerly Director of the UTS Design Innovation Research Centre (which was disestablished by management at the end of 2021);
Additional affiliations
July 2010 - July 2012
The New School
Position
  • Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalayas
January 2010 - December 2011
The New School
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  • Amplifying Creative Communities DESIS
Description
  • Lara Penin PI Design-enabled Social Innovation Research
January 2008 - August 2012
Parsons School of Design
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  • Associate Dean Sustainability

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Publications (42)
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El desafío central de la era actual es la transición hacia la sostenibilidad. Esta transición debe definirse en los términos más amplios posibles. Es un proyecto que es a la vez político, social, económico, cultural, científico y tecnológico: cada dimensión de los asuntos humanos se ve desafiada por la necesidad de transición y, a medida que varios...
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El siguiente documento tiene como objetivo proporcionar algo de la historia y la teoría del diseño que se está utilizando en la Escuela de Diseño de la Universidad Carnegie Mellon en su esfuerzo por constituir la práctica del Diseño para la Transición. Explica cómo la profesión y la disciplina del diseño están experimentando una rápida expansión y...
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The architectural historian and critic Kenneth Frampton ‘never recovered’ from the force of Hannah Arendt’s teaching at The New School in New York. The philosopher Richard J. Bernstein considers her the most perceptive political theorist and observer of ‘dark times’ (a concept which, drawing from Brecht, she made her own). Building on the revival o...
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El Diseño para la Transición requiere un tipo diferente de diseñador, uno que no esté sujeto a los mismos tipos de motivaciones y satisfactores que han regido al diseño durante el último siglo. Este capítulo articula la psicología de los Diseñadores para la Transición mientras luchan por un cambio rápido a nivel de sistema. Como resultado, el quid...
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Though designing is cast as a creative practice, materializing preferable ways of being, it does so only by destroying current products, habits and values. I argue that designers must learn to acknowledge and take responsibility for this destructive side to their practice. Designers can cultivate their destructive capacities and deploy those agains...
Technical Report
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank the residents of Western Sydney who participated in this study as members of three focus groups for their time and generous inputs. We would also like to thank Karen Brown at St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct, Suzy Baker and Linda Wilson at Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO) and Caroly...
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As part of its attempt to resituate the practice of designing within a commitment to facilitating social change toward more sustainable futures, the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University has started talking about ‘Transition Design.’ It is risky to invent yet another term which too easily looks like an appropriative branding exercise, but...
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Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby’s new book argues for the value of design projects that speculate about possible futures rather than just realize market-feasible futures. The claim is that our societies, and the industries responsible for furnishing our societies with products and environments, are losing the capacity to envision futures in order to e...
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As the founding chair of the first MFA program in design for social innovation, this educator hopes to encourage the many people who want to work at a strategic level using design to solve humanity's major challenges.
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This article treats the rise, and perhaps fall, of Design Thinking as a prompt to ask: “What is Design studies?” or rather, “What could Design studies be?” Using the heuristic of a sWOt analysis, it is argued that recent shifts in cultural theory toward material practices afford Design studies opportunities to expand beyond a mere liberal arts supp...
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The current vogue for design in management discourses results in abstractions of the design process that repress the role of aesthetic judgments. This paper offers an explanation as to why design-as-styling is being neglected or concealed, and then explains what is at stake. It theorizes that a key aspect of the agency of designing, as the creation...
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Michael Shellenberger has himself noted that the most quoted lines from his infamous essay (with Ted Nordhaus), ‘The Death of Environmentalism’ are the ones in which they accuse environmentalists of not following the lead of Civil Rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr, by instead giving “I have a nightmare” speeches. At one level, the arg...
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This paper develops a way of evaluating designed artifacts as research. It focuses deliberately on design, on the generation of new knowledge that can happen when making things for use. It works with an account of the making process proposed by the literary philosopher, Elaine Scarry, as clarified by the sociologist of technology, Bruno Latour. Sca...
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An 'object' is what gets in the way, a problem thrown in your path like a projectile (coming as it does from the Latin objectum, Greek problema) ... I come across obstacles in my path (come across the objective, substantial, problematic world); I overturn some of these obstacles (transform them into objects of use, into culture) in order to continu...
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“Just as the skill of reading animal tracks will not flourish in a metropolitan setting, so calls for the virtues of courage and care will remain inconsequential in a material culture designed to procure comfortable and individualist life.. Putting matters this way is to clarify also what is at the heart of real ethics. It is not finally the desire...
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“We love the beautiful with frugality and knowledge without softness.” This famous phrase from Pericles ' Funeral Oration is often considered foundational for the Western way of living which is now dominating the world. It is supposed to signal the interrelated projects of science and art in a secular world. Westerners, rejecting or losing any sens...
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What differentiates service design from all other forms of design is that is primarily the design of p eople, rather than t he d esign of th ings for people. T his m akes ser vice de sign unavoidably po litical. Hu man-centered serv ice d esigning clai ms to n egotiate th ese politics b y enabling i mprovisation i n se rvice r oles, rather t han sc...
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CT: Song Dong's Waste Not is the artist's mother's house with everything that was in it during a period of the Chinese government's edict to "waste not." 1 It captures a sense of the volume of materials over time passing through homes, what is not normally visible because we have surprisingly effective waste concealing systems. It makes apparent th...

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