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There is a strong interplay between sustainability, design and academy. First of all, our current sustainability is based on industrial mass-production and global reorganization of business, to which design as a catch-word for 21st century has had an integral relation in both developing industrial processes as well as in streamlining organizations for increased efficiency. Secondly, the academia as a producer research knowledge and education has a recognized connection to transition towards more sustainable lifeways. Today, the still increasing unsustainability of our being is putting more and more pressure structures of design and academia. The conventional roles for both are at change.
Every action can be perceived to be driven by person’s philosophical perspectives and approach of what can be known and what can be done with it. The challenging of conventional roles calls for more awareness on the epistemological starting points of development in both design practice and university development. How can it reflect the growing emphasis to share decision-making and knowledge creation to induce more sustainable results?
This presentation was given at Creative Sustainability Masters' breakfast event at Aalto University, Finland, on 28th of March 2014. It introduces the context of my doctoral research, and the processes through which I have progressed towards findings. While it presents a work in progress, the preliminary findings already suggest certain emphases to take further in planning design education in academia for more sustainable society.