The naked truth: metaphors of space, complexity and communication

Matthews, Geoff (1996) The naked truth: metaphors of space, complexity and communication. In: Sustainability, January 1996, University of Humberside.

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Abstract

In this paper what I wish to explore is the question of sustainability as a viable goal in that realm of human activity broadly labelled ‘design’. I will put forward the argument that the peculiarly human activity of designing is one that has led us to accelerate the process of change in our locality; that this accelerated process of change is an attempt to enhance the intensity and meaningfulness of life; and that this generates an increasingly complex spatio-temporal environment organised by communicative constructs and actions. In design, therefore, the idea of sustainability is not primarily about physical realities: it is about humanity. The question I ask is, is sustainability a viable goal in design?

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Additional Information:In this paper what I wish to explore is the question of sustainability as a viable goal in that realm of human activity broadly labelled ‘design’. I will put forward the argument that the peculiarly human activity of designing is one that has led us to accelerate the process of change in our locality; that this accelerated process of change is an attempt to enhance the intensity and meaningfulness of life; and that this generates an increasingly complex spatio-temporal environment organised by communicative constructs and actions. In design, therefore, the idea of sustainability is not primarily about physical realities: it is about humanity. The question I ask is, is sustainability a viable goal in design?
Keywords:Sustainability, design process, spatiality, design theory, design complexity
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K110 Architectural Design Theory
W Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V511 Epistemology
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture
ID Code:2111
Deposited By: Geoff Matthews
Deposited On:08 Jan 2010 11:05
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:34

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