About the project

Part of: Open Book for Sustainist Design

The Open Book project explores what sustainist values, such as connectedness , sharing , localism and proportionality , could do to transform social design thinking and practice.

Looking at design through the lens of sustainism exposes and amplifies those design practices that are both socially and ecologically sustainable. Let's meaningfully shape our design for social innovation and kickstart the reframing of the social design agenda.

Join Open Book
Contributions to this website added up to a first guide for sustainist design that showcase how the practice of social design may benefit from a sustainist perspective. The first edition of the Sustainist Design Guide is published in May 2013, the second edition in December 2013. The Open Book for Sustainist Design project will be continued to for sharing ideas and examples offered by leading social design thinkers. We ask you, designers and non-designers, to contribute your ideas for sustainist design, both existing and new.

The Open Book project is initiated by The Beach in collaboration with Michiel Schwarz and funded by DOEN Foundation and Mondriaan Fund. Read more..