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w5.471: Workshop
Wednesday, 19/Jun/2019:
4:00pm - 5:40pm

Location: LDN.207
2nd floor Loughborough University London 40 capacity

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4:00pm - 5:40pm

Discourse Mapping: Navigating the Politics of Sustainable Design

joanna boehnert

Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Despite accumulative social and technological innovation, the design industry continues to face significant obstacles when addressing issues of sustainability. This workshop investigates some of these difficulties by focusing attention on the politics of design. It responds to an increasing awareness within the design research community of the many ways political and economic dynamics influence the potential for the design of sustainable transitions. The political context in which designers operate is complex and difficult to navigate - especially when policy proclamations cannot be taken at face value. One of the ways that political scientists make sense of this confusing terrain is with the use of discourse analysis. Discourses constitute different ideological perspectives and theories of change that shape how individual and institutional actors respond to global environmental challenges. Discourse mapping is a knowledge mapping method that reveals relationship between the different discursive positions. Diverse discourses create the socio-political landscape which determines whether and how designers are able to create sustainable alternatives. This workshop will build capacity to respond more effectively to global environmental challenges by exploring the politics of design with discourse mapping.

Workshops-Discourse Mapping-471boehnert_a.pdf

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