Design as Inquiry: Critical Design in Tourism

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This chapter provides an overview of critical design and extends key notions from the critical design tradition to tourism design. Critical design opposes design’s naturalised association with the creation of viable and profitable artefacts or services, and instead emphasises how design can be used as a means for crafting questions and doing social critique. By proving examples and detailing a number of key characteristics of the critical design approach, the chapter suggests research opportunities associated with the turn towards design as a form of inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDestination Design : Neue Ansätze und Perspektiven aus der Designforschung für die Entwicklung von Regionen und Destinationen
EditorsHarald Pechlaner, Greta Erschbamer, Natalie Olbrich
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9783658398781
ISBN (Electronic)9783658398798
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesEntrepreneurial Management und Standortentwicklung: Perspektiven für Unternehmen und Destinationen


  • Critical design
  • Speculation
  • Futures
  • Entrangement
  • Reflective design

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