Practices-oriented design groups a range of design approaches that draw on practice theory – a group of social theories that take practices as their fundamental unit of analysis. This chapter offers a design-tailored introduction to practice theory, a brief overview of its uptake into design literature and a description of one particular practices-oriented design approach that was developed through a series of design projects focussing on reducing domestic energy demand. By illustrating practices-oriented design with a detailed approach and an example on domestic heating, the chapter shows how practice theory offers a conceptual framework that is helpful for understanding and tackling complex societal issues such as sustainability. By paying explicit attention to history and diversity, the approach opens up avenues for more radical change, while at the same time staying close to the practicalities of making change happen. In the heating case, a variety of interventions that involve change in both domestic and professional practices contribute to a redefinition of domestic comfort that involves fresh air and warm clothes. Avenues for further research in this area lie in exploring the implications of viewing practices of design as an integral part of the ‘behaviours’ it is trying to change.
|Title of host publication||Design for behaviour change|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theories and practices of designing for change|
|Editors||K. Niedderer, S. Clune, G. Ludden|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Ltd.|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Sep 2017|
|Name||Design for social responsibility|
Chapter 10 in the book "Design for Behaviour Change"