This module aims to offer students insights into the environmentally unsustainable aspects of consumer culture, and into the role product and industrial design play in this context. By introducing alternative concepts, and through design exercises, students develop, test and describe alternative design concepts with improved environmental impact. The module also aims to strengthen students’ critical thinking and their ability to put forward well-structured arguments.
This module is delivered in a seminar style with some design studio characteristics, as well as in a lecture setting. Lectures are used to introduce students to theories of sustainable design. Individual student will choose a simple industrial product to study its sustainability referred to the production and consumption cycle. Students then design or redesign a product to improve the environmental and social impact, considering also the economic viability. In the end, the students will present and discuss their designs in class, demonstrating how they applied a systemic approach to increase the sustainability of their product/service.