Sustainable design

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Sustainable design

A design that values the unique cultural and natural character of a given region, and protects and benefits ecosystems, watersheds, and wildlife habitat in the presence of human development. It conserves resources and maximizes comfort through design adaptations to site-specific and regional climate conditions. It creates comfortable interior environments that provide daylight, views, and fresh air. It conserves water and protects water quality, conserves energy and resources, and reduces the carbon footprint while improving building performance and comfort. Sustainable design anticipates future energy sources and needs, and includes the informed selection of materials and products to reduce product-cycle environmental impacts. It also optimizes occupant health and comfort and seeks to enhance and increase ecological, social, and economic values over time.The art of designing physical objects and the built environment to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability in a way that reduces use of nonrenewable resources, minimizes environmental impact, and relates people with the natural environment.
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The objective of the literature review is to gain insights into the field of product design for sustainability, in which students are required to share their findings from a selection of readings provided by the course instructor.
DESIGN CRITIQUE OF A MASS-PRODUCED PRODUCT FROM A 'PRODUCT DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY PERSPECTIVE
Product design for sustainability addresses both the environmental and socio-cultural implications of the current industrial system, which requires a rethinking of current production and consumption patterns (or systems) at both a societal and individual levels.
Product design for sustainability would enable the active participation and involvement of users, allowing an integration of local tacit knowledge and skills into the design and development process.
An assessment of the design solution based on the product design for sustainability, including key conclusions and findings.
Early examples in the area of product design for sustainability have mainly focussed on the environmental considerations through a Life Cycle Assessment approach.
Through a more hands-on exploratory and design-centred approach in this final phase of the course, theory and practice mutually and simultaneously inform each other in the development of sustainable products and encouraging future practices in design for sustainability.
Design for Sustainability outlines and assesses the methods, tools and techniques available to designers, both for design innovation and design improvement.
Content Outline: Introduction Introduction to sustainable development Business and sustainable development A new design focus Methods and tools for design for sustainability Case studies of product improvement and redesign Systems and services - looking to the future Case studies of systems and service Doing a sustainable industrial design project Index

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