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Strategies for teaching sustainable design practice with product design students

conference contribution
posted on 2008-12-01, 00:00 authored by Jennifer Loy
Teaching students how to tackle the issue of producing practical, commercial product designs that respond to the sustainability imperative is an important challenge for design educators at this time. This paper provides clear strategies for this new aspect of product design teaching, breaking down sustainable design practice into six approaches that allow the educator to introduce a spectrum of sustainable design, providing the opportunity to explore the work of practitioners in each area and tools to differentiate their sustainable design basis. Designing within, for example, an eco-pluralistic philosophy still provides the opportunity for different strategies that would be contradictory if attempts were made to contain them within one piece. Clarifying sustainable design strategies enables designers to then clarify their intentions for different ideas. Understanding the design intent provides a basis for value judgments as to the success of a product within a sustainable design portfolio. This paper suggests definitions for six approaches which can be used by the product design educator as starting points for students in their quest for a sophisticated understanding of designing for sustainable practice.

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EN.1 Other conference paper

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DS 46: Proceedings of E and PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education

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