Designing Sustainability: Philosophy and Practice

18 February 2010, 12:00 - 14:00

CRASSH 17 Mill Lane

What is sustainability? The idea of sustainability has developed a paradox at its centre during its reformulation as 'sustainable development'. This seminar asks: what are the possibilities of architecture and design to turn this paradox into a productive challenge?
Technological solutions are only a partial answer, and the production of a product or building does not have to be the main pursuit of sustainable design. System innovation and the design of processes - design without the production of artefacts, as well as of the production processes of artefacts - will form the basis of one of the day's presentations; another will explore what the physical implications of a holistic sustainable philosophy are on the architecture of cutting-edge, resource-intensive international science. From the scale of a product to the settings of architecture, this session is an opportunity to add to the stock of viable and productive ways to respond to the challenge of designing sustainably.


Speakers:

Berhard Dusch, Design Management Group, IfM, Graduate Researcher (Co-ordinator)                 
Mapping sustainable design strategies - the development of a compound framework

Alison McDougall-Weil, Design Practice Group, Engineering Design Centre, Graduate Researcher (Co-ordinator)
The architecture of science: holistic sustainability in practice

Third speaker TBC (social sciences)

 

 

Open to all.  No registration required

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