Design as a Problem and Design as a Solution for Sustainability

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The role of industrial design has been essential in the definition of an industrial model based on large production volumes for broad markets, but industrial designers also contributed to the maturation of such a model towards sophisticated models that are now proving to be unsustainable. This made the design discipline particularly sensitive to the question of sustainability. In this context the need for a decisive change of perspective for designers is certainly a necessity, but can also be an opportunity to propose a new approach that can generate sustainable innovation and development, especially at the local level.
This paper proposes a change in the design perspective that is strongly linked to a new approach to innovation in industrial production. Only a genetic change in the role of industrial production is likely to provide the radical changes required for a sustainable development. Consequently only a radically new design approach will be able to support such change.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)265-280
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventJoint Actions on Climate Change - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 8 Jun 200910 Jun 2009


ConferenceJoint Actions on Climate Change

Bibliographical note

Revised version of a paper presented at the JAOCC conference, June 2009


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