Design, poverty and sustainable development

Thomas, A 2006, 'Design, poverty and sustainable development' , Design Issues, 22 (4) , pp. 54-65.

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Design in a poor context, or for the alleviation of poverty, has received little or no attention. An informal discourse analysis shows that design and poverty have not been linked, the two being seen as mutually exclusive. This paper aims to examine the relationships between design and designers, poverty and the poor, and sustainable development, which aims to alleviate poverty. On the face of it, there would appear to be little that links them; however, this paper aims to identify specific design initiatives that relate to poor people in the southern hemisphere as producers and consumers of designed goods.1 It briefly outlines definitions of poverty and sustainable development, then describes selected design interventions. It analyzes the contribution that these initiatives make to the reduction of poverty, and to the different aspects of sustainable development.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Subjects / Themes > N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Design Issues
Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 07479360
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2009 12:35
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:06

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