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Caring for places and things



This project explores the ways in which people (designers, makers and users) extend and preserve the life of specific objects and places through ‘caring’. Involving researchers from the design disciplines of fashion, product and interiors, the study examined the practices and attitudes of people towards the caring and maintaining of particular artefacts and/or environments, insight that may stimulate innovative approaches to design for caring. Funded by the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University the project was led by Dr Alison Gwilt with Jackie Leaver, Gordon Young and Mark Fisher.​


Gwilt, A., Leaver, J., Fisher, M. & Young, G. (2015) ‘Understanding the caring practices of users’. In: PLATE 2015, Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University. Available at:

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