The scale for design action has been and still is expanding. A skill related to craftsmanship has evolved into a tool for societal change. Sustainable design involves negotiation of values and …
The scale for design action has been and still is expanding. A skill related to craftsmanship has evolved into a tool for societal change. Sustainable design involves negotiation of values and priorities, and balancing between the environmental, social, and financial factors. Thus, its processes must address several dimensions of different stakeholder interests. Designers can help to create platforms for such activities. In the end the collaborative - and systemic - approach may help to facilitate the co-creation of new, more sustainable way of life.
This keynote sheds light on what makes a design process sustainable, how different design methodologies can induce sustainability, and how design education can better support this goal. Through examples in design education and in contemporary sustainable design the keynote argues that to become more sustainable the design process must become more open and transparent, more sensitive to values and dialogue, and thus more iterative and reflective. Such development calls for open problem-based approach, collaborative mediation and distributed knowledge - a transdisciplinary design approach.
Design education for sustainability can enable the future professionals to better facilitate the collaboration and communication among several participants, to drive the important agendas. Design tackling complex contemporary problems of sustainability should aim to facilitate such platforms for transdisciplinary dialogues. Whether they are built top-down or then emerging from the grass roots, whether they are based on design aiming to improve or on design aimed to criticize, they must be aimed to induce dialogues on values and goals, and contribute for the change towards more sustainable setting for human life.
This was my keynote presentation in Factor Clave 7 conference, in 12th of September, 2013.