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Sustainability and Design

Code 16453
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 4
Workload TP(45H)
Scientific area Design Industrial
Entry requirements N.A.
Learning outcomes Develop sensitivity to environmental and social issues.
Promote sustainability and its integration in the industrial design process.
Promote reflection and debate on sustainability within the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations.
To know the types of environmental and social impacts and to be able to relate these impacts to certain characteristics of the products / services / systems and to the design project decisions.
Provide students with knowledge and understanding of sustainable development, to learn about the role of design in the relationship between the production and consumption system and the environment and society.
To know the political, legal and normative frameworks in the area of the environment and social responsibility.
Provide concrete examples of solutions to the most pressing challenges in the area of sustainability.
Know the strategies and credible tools for communicating the characteristics of a product.
Syllabus The development paradigm. Evolution of environmental and social awareness (demographic, ideological and technological).
Definition of sustainable development. The three pillars of sustainability. UN Sustainable Development Goals. The European Ecological Pact, Decarbonisation, Climate Action and Transition Processes.
Environmental problems, their classifications and typologies. Relationship with decision making in the design process.
Social responsibility, its principles and categories.
The production and consumption system. Environmental and social responsibility policies, legislation and standards.
The role of design and the designer in promoting sustainability. Historical evolution of design with environmental and social concerns. Evolution of complexity and scope. Analysis of case studies.
Communication of sustainability. Greenwashing. Existing communication and certification tools.
Biomimicry. Know nature and its strategies as an inspiration source. Study cases.
Main Bibliography - Benyus, J. (2002). Biomimicry - Innovation inspired by nature. New York: Perenial.
- Dresner, S. (2002). The Principles of Sustainability. Londres: Earthscan.
- Mcdonough, W. e Braungart, B. (2009). Cradle to cradle: remaking the way we make things. London: Vintage Books.
- Papanek, V. (1971). Design for the Real World, Human ecology and social change. London: Thames and Hudson.
- Papanek, V. (1997). Arquitectura e design: ecologia e ética. Lisboa: Edições 70.
- Sachs, J. D. (2015). The Age of Sustainable Development. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Vezzoli, C. e Manzini, E. (2008) Design for Environmental Sustainability. London: Springer-Verlag.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria This curricular unit is based on the typology of theoretical-practical classes in which theoretical and expository hours are supported by multimedia means, bibliographic content and case studies that serve as a basis to encourage debate on the themes of UC.
The practical dimension of the curricular unit is developed through practical exercises that promote the incorporation of theoretical contents and their experimentation. This will be carried out in conjunction with UC Design Industrial 4.
Evaluation is continuous, promoting student involvement in the evolution of the academic semester. It has a dimension for demonstrated participation and motivation (20%), another for the theoretical component through a frequency or theoretical work (40%), and the practical dimension that includes an exercise / project (40%), carried out in partnership with the UC of Industrial Design 4.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-06-17

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