This book argues that interior architects have a responsibility
to practice their profession in collaborative ways that address the
needs of communities and of to be the agents of social justice and
cultural heritage. The book is divided into three sections, based
on three pivotal themes - community engagement, social justice and
cultural heritage. Each section has chapters that put forward the
principles of these themes, leading into a variety of fascinating
case studies that illustrate how socially sustainable design is
implemented in diverse communities across the world. The second
section includes four concise case studies of community housing
issues, including remote-area indigenous housing and housing for
the homeless. The third section offers two extensively researched
essays on design and cultural heritage - a case study of the
development of a redundant industrial site and a historical study
of gendered domestic interiors.
The book appeals to a wider audience than the design community
alone and challenges mainstream interior design/interior
architecture practitioners nationally and internationally to take a
leading role in the field of socially responsible design. The
issues raised by the authors are relevant for individuals,
communities, government and non-government organisations,
professionals and students.
""In the twenty-first century we seem to have entered into a new
world of knowledge discovery, where many of the most exciting
insights come not from the authority of a traditional discipline,
but from the dialogue that happens at the hubs and intersections of
thought - the arenas where different disciplines and approaches,
different schools and habits of thinking, come together to
collaborate and contend. This collection is a good example of this,
and I hope the book will be widely read and its lessons learned and
applied.""Tim Costello, Officer of the Order of Australia, Chief
Executive, World Vision Australia.
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