As the Ph.D. Chair for Design Thinking and Sustainability at the School of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design, Cameron Tonkinwise conducts research and engages in professional activities that integrate the philosophy of design with a concern for sustainability. His work focuses on the design of commercial and nonmarket systems for shared product use; it explores how the emerging discipline of service design might facilitate the development of less-material-dependent economies. In his current research, Mr. Tonkinwise investigates perceptions of convenience and autonomy in shifts from “ownership” to “usership.”
The TD Guest Speaker/Designer in Residence Program and Emily Carr are proud to present educator, researcher and designer, Cameron Tonkinwise and his featured talk, Redesigning Freedom for Sustainability.
Cameron Tonkinwise (Ph.D., University of Sydney) is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. He was formerly the co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center. Before coming to The New School, Tonkinwise was the Director of Design Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and prior to that, Executive Officer of Change Design, a not-for-profit independent research organization (formerly EcoDesign Foundation). His doctoral research concerned the educational theories of Martin Heidegger and he continues to investigate what the ontological philosophy of Heidegger can teach designers. His current research focuses on 'dematerialization design' - enhancing societal sustainability by facilitating less materials-intense lifestyles through design. This work involves a number of funded research projects exploring service design, design fostering sustainable behavior, and the relation between design and social capital. Tonkinwise is currently researching product sharing, both commercial and non-commercial.
In this presentation, Tonkinwise will argue that a more comprehensive understanding of the role of designing, designs and service will affect how freedom is experienced in everyday life. This will afford better ways of defining what it might mean to be free within more sustainable futures.