Surrendering to the ocean: Practices of mindfulness and presence in designing

Akama, Y 2017, 'Surrendering to the ocean: Practices of mindfulness and presence in designing' in Rachel Beth Egenhoefer (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom, pp. 219-230.


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Title Surrendering to the ocean: Practices of mindfulness and presence in designing
Author(s) Akama, Y
Year 2017
Title of book Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication United Kingdom
Editor(s) Rachel Beth Egenhoefer
Start page 219
End page 230
Subjects Design Innovation
Summary Sustainability has been a contemporary vanguard for necessitating ethical questions in design. For some time, I have been questioning what it means to be an ethical designer and becoming increasingly troubled by persistence for a common framework for all designers to pursue the 'right', 'better', 'more effective' or 'sustainable' approach or outcome (see Akama 2012 and Lisa Norton's reply in Design Philosophy Paper). Utilitarian ways to measure and standardize accountability, such as the Triple Bottom Line, Life Cycle Analysis, Corporate Social Responsibility, and versions of similar models, also suggest this desire for universality. My concern comes from such pervasiveness for consistency. When this dominates, it becomes an ethical monologue, creating a silent and peripheral 'other'. Speaking from the periphery, I consider ways to practice mindfulness that foregrounds being and becoming with, instead of accounting and obligating, where sustainability means a surrendering to impermanence and interrelatedness.
Copyright notice © 2018 selection and editorial matter Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, individual chapters, the contributors
Keyword(s) Sustainability
mindfulness
Zen Buddhism
ISBN 9781138650176
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