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Sustainable Design

Code 12737
Year 3
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 5
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Design Industrial
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Presence.
Learning outcomes Develop awareness to environmental and social issues. Understand the present development paradigm.
Know the types of environmental and social impacts and relate these impacts to the design decisions.
Know the role of design in sustainable development and in the production and consumption system.
To be able to develop design projects that integrate environmental and social criteria, from a perspective of life cycle and circularity, through the use of a life cycle approach and sustainable design strategies and tools for the circular economy.
To know alternative design approaches that redirect the focus towards a positive change in the behavior of consumers / users.
Foster creative thinking that contributes to the possible resolution of current and future problems.
Know the strategies and credible tools for communicating the characteristics of a product.
Syllabus Evolution of environmental awareness. Historical and social context. Development paradigm. Environmental problems. Social responsability. Sustainable development. The three pillars of sustainability. Sustainable production and consumption policies. Circular Economy.
Role of the designer. Historical evolution of design with environmental and social concerns: its precursors, green design, ecodesign, sustainable design (DfS) and design for the circular economy.
Life cycle approach. Environmental and social impact assessment. Strategies and tools for design to integrate environmental and social criteria. Product-service systems. Different approaches and scope - from product design, to system design, to the design of behaviors and lifestyles. Communication of sustainability. Greenwashing. Biomimicry.
Main Bibliography - Bakker, C., Hollander, M. & Hinte, E. (2019). Products that Last: Product Design for Circular Business Models. Amesterdam: BIS Publishers.
- Bhamra, T. e Lofthouse, V. (2007) Design for sustainability - a practical approach, Hampshire, Gower.
- Brezet, H. e Hemel, C. V. (1997). Ecodesign - a Promising Approach to Sustainable Production & Consumption, Paris, UNEP.
- Chick, A. e Micklethwaite, P. (2011). Design for Sustainable Change – How design and designers can drive the sustainability agenda. Lausanne: AVA Publishing.
- Frazão, R., Peneda, C. e Fernandes, R. (2006) Adoptar a Perspectiva de Ciclo de Vida. Lisboa: INETI - CenDES.
- Fuad-Luke, A. (2009). Design Activism – Beautiful strangeness for a sustainable world. London: Earthscan.
- Papanek, V. (1971). Design for the Real World, Human ecology and social change. London: Thames and Hudson.
- Proctor, R. (2015). The Sustainable Design Book. London: Laurence King Publishing.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria This curricular unit is based on the typology of theoretical-practical classes in which the theoretical and expository hours are supported by multimedia means (text, photo and video), bibliographic content and case studies that serve as a basis to encourage the debate on the themes of UC. Interaction with students will be promoted to foster the establishment of relationships between the subjects taught and the daily life that design should improve.
The practical dimension of the course is based on: 1) The development of 2 exercises to introduce the theme of the product's Life Cycle and Environmental Impact 2) Development of a sustainable design exercise for the circular economy.
The assessment is continuous, reflecting the participation (20%) in the classes, as well as the remaining moments of assessment, which include three practical assignments (20% + 20% + 40%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-09

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