Terry Irwin

Terry Irwin
Carnegie Mellon University | CMU · Department of Design

MSc Holistic Science Plymouth University UK + MFA Design Allgemeine Kunstgewerbeschule Basel

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Introduction
Terry Irwin is a Professor and the Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been a practicing designer for more than 40 years. Her research is in the area of Transition Design, a new area of design research, study and practice that argues for societal transitions to more sustainable long-term futures via intention, systems-level change. She has also studied Goethean Science as a way to evolve design process. Terry was a co-founder of the international design firm MetaDesign, which had offices in Berlin, San Francisco, London and Zürich.

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Transition Design is an emerging, transdisciplinary area of research, study and practice aimed at addressing systemic (wicked) problems and thereby catalyzing societal transitions toward more sustainable, equitable and desirable long-term futures. It recognizes that such problems are always interconnected, and addressing them requires systems level...
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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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This paper outlines an emerging Transition Design approach for addressing " wicked " problems (such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, crime, poverty, pollution, etc.) and catalysing societal transitions toward more sustainable and desirable futures. Wicked problems are " systems problems " that exist within large, socio-technical systems and...
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This is a briefing book for a Transition Design Workshop in Ojai, California, January 27-28, 2017. The workshop attempts to frame Ojai's water shortage as a transition design problem and 'trials' an emerging process for mapping wicked problems, developing long-term desirable futures and backcasting to create 'transition pathways' along which projec...
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Fundamental change at every level of our society, and new approaches to problem solving are needed to address twenty-first-century "wicked problems" such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, depletion of natural resources, and the widening gap between rich and poor. Transition Design is a proposition for a new area of design practice, study, an...
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One of my students asked me recently to explain in simple terms what distinguished information design from other types of design and I found myself struggling to provide a clear and concise answer. I wondered if Information Design isn't a funny animal that we all THINK we know what it is we're talking about, but are hard pressed to define when aske...

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Colleagues and I are working with the City of Ojai California to help the community transition toward long-term climate resiliency