Sustainability Curricula in Design Education

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Casais, Mafalda; Christiaans, Henri; Almendra, Rita
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft; 2: Faculty of Architecture, UTL; 3: CIAUD (Research Centre for Architecture, Urban Planning and Design)
Section: Sustainability
Page(s): 599-604
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


While sustainability in Design finds much attention in the literature, the education of sustainability in Design courses lacks discussion regarding curricula and importance. In an attempt to map the way sustainability is taught in Design Bachelor and Master Courses in the European Union, we began analysing faculties from a number of EU countries and present the initial results in the form of graphics, and, in addition to that, we discuss curricular contents. Furthermore, we looked at the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014 – an initiative that comprehends the UNECE region (that includes several EU member states), which has contributed to publications related to Design and sustainability, in order to understand how it has been (and can be) supporting the education of sustainability in Design. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the current practice in sustainability education in Design in the EU context and introduce the development of a sustainability curriculum for Design courses.

Keywords: Design education, sustainability, affective sustainability


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