Stuart Walker

Stuart Walker
Lancaster University | LU · Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)

MDes(RCA), PhD

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October 2007 - present
Lancaster University
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  • Professor (Full)
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  • website: http://stuartwalker.org.uk webpage: www.imagination.lancaster.ac.uk Recent Books Designing Sustainability, Routledge 2014. Handbook of Design for Sustainability, Bloomsbury 2013.
September 2007 - present
Lancaster University
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  • Professor (Full)
October 1990 - August 2007
The University of Calgary
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  • Associate Dean, Professor

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The video presents the maker process of conceptual designs that explore the notion of ‘sustainable aesthetics'.To encourage reflective practice through form and process, and guided by sustainable principles, a practice-based (thinking-and-doing) methodology was followed by students of the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Design at the Federal...
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A considerable amount of social impact projects promise the revitalization of the crafts sector and empowering of the artisans. While a part of ongoing projects around the world might be considered successful, the rest loses the essence of working with the craftspeople and is rather another design project for consumerism. Therefore, this research e...
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The paper presents conceptual designs that explore the notion of 'sustainable aesthetics'. To encourage reflective practice through form and process, and guided by sustainable principles, a practice-based (thinking-and-doing) methodology was followed by Brazilian undergraduate design students. Beginning with a theoretical overview of the historical...
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Through active involvement in UNESCO’s ICH (Intangible Cultural Heritage) programme, China has developed its own framework to support traditional making practices. To examine the ‘characteristics’ of heritage crafts preservation in China, we undertook empirical research in the Yellow River basin. Our research involved in-depth observations and key...
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This is a sample chapter from my 2019 book 'Design Realities: creativity, nature and the human spirit'. In it I discuss the design process in relation to human values, and distinguish this from a more scientific approach to problem solving and the need for an interpretive (hermeneutic) approach . A critique of eco-modernist design and discussion of...
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Abstract This paper presents an account of field research and its findings from an international knowledge exchange project entitled Design Ecologies: Sustaining ethno-cultural significance of products through urban ecologies of creative practice, jointly funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Chinese Academy of Soci...
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This paper presents findings from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Living Design: The Effective Use of Design for Sustainability in Small Maker Enterprises. The project examines enterprises that, for various reasons, are deeply rooted in ‘place’. These kinds of enterprises often continue long-established traditional practi...
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This research discusses the literature review that covers three aspects related to the context of Palestine: Palestinians background; special considerations related to interior architecture and interior design; and health system in Palestine. The literature review discusses general information that provides an overview of the importance of creating...
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Current studies show that sustainability has evolved from a static goal to a more comprehensive and systematic understanding. Notably, in the implementation of sustainability, there is a need to shift focus onto locality, using local knowledge to solve local problems. Due to a focus on small scale hand-making and a common emphasis on local knowledg...
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This article explores the relationship between design for sustainability and traditional making practices. It presents results from key informant interviews and observational research into traditional hand making of functional goods in Santa Fe in the United States, Jingdezhen, China, various locations in New South Wales, Australia and Cumbria, Uni...
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Traditional craft is often perceived as going against the flow of technological, economic and societal progress. However, emergent research is rediscovering the nature of craft and its potential for contributing to contemporary manufacturing and sustainability. Based on literature, this paper presents an interpretation of craft from three perspecti...
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This research focuses on four main topics: children’s cognitive developments—it relates to age-appropriate interior design; children’s healing environments; public spaces in hospitals—interior architecture and interior design; contextual issues—specifically the religious, ethnic and national context of Palestine. The literature indicates that resea...
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This research focuses on four main topics: children’s cognitive developments—it relates to age-appropriate interior design; children’s healing environments; public spaces in hospitals—interior architecture and interior design; contextual issues—specifically the religious, ethnic and national context of Palestine. The literature indicates that resea...
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This research focuses on four main topics: children’s cognitive developments—it relates to age-appropriate interior design; children’s healing environments; public spaces in hospitals—interior architecture and interior design; contextual issues—specifically the religious, ethnic and national context of Palestine. The literature indicates that resea...
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The paper is the story of building a design research group from scratch. As there has been some recent interest in design research as a team-based activity, this article illustrates how we built the Imagination research team and how it continues to develop. This article gives us the chance to reflect on how far we have come in the last decade. Onc...
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The paper presents ongoing research on the examination of craft-design collaborations and an understanding of related design practices. To do this, a literature review in craft making and in design is conducted. From this, three common characteristics of design and craft are distinguished, and these commonalities provide a basis for craft-design co...
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The paper presents ongoing research on craft and design for sustainability in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD), China. Based on previous research into the relationship between craft and design for sustainability, and literature on value, a typology of five values pertaining to craft is defined. This research investigates values and craft practices in...
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The Miān-Sarā is the name given to the central open courtyard of the traditional Iranian home. This domestic architectural form existed in Iran for at least 8,000 years but, since the coming of modernity at the end of the nineteenth century—known in Iran as The Change—the Miān-Sarā has fallen into decline and, today, these types of homes are rarely...
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Traditional craft has been relegated to the margins in modern culture, being perceived as out step with technological, economic and societal progress. However, emergent research is rediscovering the nature of craft and its potential for contributing to design practice in conjunction with developments in science and technology. Through the analyses...
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Across the world, “culturally significant” designs, products, and practices – such as traditional crafts – have been pushed to the margins by the forces of modernization and globalization. Appreciation of the positive attributes of these traditions drive widespread revitalization initiatives, often involving designers. Awareness of the cultural ram...
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This paper presents the results of research that investigates the barriers, restrictions, opportunities, and potential of crafts in Eastern Turkey and it brings design for sustainability principles to the future development of this sector. Field trips to Eastern Turkey revealed the challenges and issues of traditional handicrafts along with potenti...
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Modern manufacturing for global markets tends to homogenize material culture through its centralized production and divisive production process. In contrast, craft practices usually have a strong local identity through their application of holistic making practices, context-based knowledge, culturally specific responses and community-centred produc...
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This chapter begins with a consideration of the continued effects of the modern worldview, which still dominates the economically developed Western nations. It then proceeds to offer a series of creative design responses that contest this domination and point to deeper notions of human meaning, community and environmental care. The creative works t...
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Stuart Walker’s design work has been described as life-changing, inspiring, disturbing and ferocious. Drawing on an extraordinarily diverse range of sources and informed by creative practice, Design for Life penetrates to the heart of modern culture and the malaise that underlies today’s moral and environmental crises. The author argues that this m...
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Design for sustainability is contextualised within the modern worldview, which undermines notions of human meaning that accord with sustainability. A fundamental design research approach is presented, which responds to calls for more radical approaches to sustainability that account for deeper notions of human meaning – notions that are lacking wit...
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Whilst global awareness of the importance and urgency of acting to mitigate climate change and its impacts is generally high, actual behaviour has matched neither the scale nor the complex nature of the challenge. Understanding why despite good intentions appropriate action is not forthcoming is critical if we wish to avoid catastrophic consequence...
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This paper describes AHRC-funded research that explores design's role in developing and revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices. Although such designs, products and practices are often seen as being out of step with contemporary society, they have rich historical links with communities and cultures and have much to offer...
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Designing Public Reception Areas in Children’s Hospitals Ph.D. Candidate: Rawa Abu Lawi (rowa@najah.edu) - Lancaster University, Year 3, to be completed 2015. Supervisors: Prof. Stuart Walker. Dr. Christopher Boyko Keywords: Children’s Hospital, healing environment, interior design, interior architecture, design for children, co-design, and co-crea...
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Designing Public Reception Areas in Children’s Hospitals Ph.D. Candidate: Rawa Abu Lawi (rowa@najah.edu) - Lancaster University, Year 3, to be completed 2015. Supervisors: Prof. Stuart Walker. Dr. Christopher Boyko Keywords: Children’s Hospital, healing environment, interior design, interior architecture, design for children, co-design, and co-crea...
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This is a featured in-dpeth interview with Stuart Walker, Professor of Design for Sustainability, ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University, UK
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Design is a discipline that brings together a diverse range of factors and integrates them into specific outcomes or design solutions by way of processes and practices that combine intellectual knowledge with human imagination and creativity. It is a discipline that is capable of tackling complex issues in situations where the question cannot be cl...
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This paper seeks to explore where design might best focus its efforts with respect to contemporary concerns about sustainability, particularly in view of the magnitude and nature of change required. The discussion traces the long entrenchment, over several centuries, of assumptions, conventions and outlooks that resulted in a shift in worldview fro...
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Research into the values motivating unsustainable behavior has generated unique insight into how NGOs and environmental campaigns contribute toward successfully fostering significant and long-term behavior change, yet thus far this research has not been applied to the domain of sustainable HCI. We explore the implications of this research as it rel...
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What is the relationship between design, sustainability, inner values and spirituality? How can we create designs that provide a convincing alternative to unsustainable interpretations of progress, growth, consumerism and commercialism? Building on the arguments first advanced in his widely acclaimed books Sustainable by Design and The Spirit of De...
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This paper develops a holistic framework of questions which seem to motivate sustainability research in computing in order to enable new opportunities for critique. Analysis of systematically selected corpora of computing publications demonstrates that several of these question areas are well covered, while others are ripe for further exploration....
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The challenges posed by sustainability require a fundamental shift in our thinking and in our approaches to the production, use and replacement of products. Such a shift is advocated by a growing number of thinkers in both academia and industry many of whom suggest that change must occur at the local level rather than as, or only as, some large sca...

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The research focuses on design for sustainability. From a temporary distance between academia and economics, we seek to gather comprehensive conceptual foundations for the design decision-making process. Through a cyclical creative process (thinking-and-doing), guided by philosophical, cultural, symbolic and notions of human spirituality, we adopt a progressive design practice (Walker, 2018) that focuses on the aesthetics and meaning of products: “form follows meaning” (Walker, 2011; 2014).
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LIVING DESIGN aims to develop effective ways of using design to implement the principles of sustainability in local enterprises – ways that enable the development of long-lasting, desirable products that employ local skills and materials, and that offer new market opportunities – thus ensuring economically viable futures in ways that are culturally relevant and environmentally responsible. The test bed for the project is Cumbria in the Northwest of England. Funded by the AHRC (2016-2019), LIVING DESIGN is a collaboration between the ImaginationLancaster Design Research Centre at Lancaster University and the Department of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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This PhD project is to explore the relationship between craft, making and design for sustainability; and examine the current crafts and craft practices espeically in the Yangtze River Delta, China; to determine the particular issues and problems with them. Eventually it aims to develop design led strategies and ecosystems for the crafts in this region in line with the principles of sustainability.