February 4-22, 2008
Ezio Manzini, Terry Irwin, Michael Braungart, Alastair Fuad-Luke, Karen Blincoe
A choice of weeks is available – see details of the timetable below. Can be taken as a one, two or three week course.
Participants on this course will explore established and emergent trends in sustainable design with a range of expert teachers. Using methodology, innovation and creativity, participants will establish the themes of design solutions for use in their work.
Design has the potential to create solutions to many of the global problems confronting us in the 21st century. It relates not just to products but to social systems, so environmental, ethical, and social concerns need to be placed at the heart of the design process.
Participants on this course will explore the whole range of ways that design can contribute to a more sustainable society, which they can apply, to their particular field of interest or expertise. They will study how nature’s design process can influence human-made design, what constitutes form and function, how beauty relates to sustainable design and how co-design processes can lead to innovative solutions. The final week will provide an introduction to Cradle to Cradle SM Design, a methodology for intelligent product design which takes into account the entire lifecycle of the product.*
The course is intended for everyone whose work or interests involves design including designers, artists, architects, planners, academics and teachers.
Ezio Manzini is Professor of Industrial Design at Milan Polytechnic and co-author of Sustainable Everyday: Scenarios of Urban Life.
Terry Irwin is a designer and lecturer at the University of Dundee, where she is working on a PhD in Natural Design.
Michael Braungart is a chemist and founder of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) in Hamburg.
Alastair Fuad-Luke is a facilitator, lecturer, and author of The Eco-Design Handbook, with a special interest in “slow design”.
Karen Blincoe is a designer, environmentalist and educationalist. She is the Director of Schumacher College.
Arrival by 1 pm. Introduction to each other and College; Gaia theory and Schumacher philosophy.
Introduction to sustainable design – Karen Blincoe.
The day will take a look at sustainability in a broader context: design versus sustainable design. Through case studies, Karen will give an overview of the barriers and opportunities which design for sustainability offers the practising designer and the design profession in general, as well as society at large.
Wednesday to Friday
Design for sustainable social innovation: Solutions and scenarios to enhance grass roots innovation in everyday life – Ezio Manzini
This part of the course addresses three key issues:
Monday to Thursday
Design is at the root of many of the global problems facing 21st century society, yet also has the potential to create solutions to these same problems. Terry Irwin explores the possibility that ‘good design’ must be not only economically viable but sustainable/useful/-beautiful as well. Terry will contrast nature’s design process with our own and, through a series of exercises, participants will explore what constitutes ‘fit’ form. Principles of Holistic Science and in particular Goethe’s phenomenological approach to understanding form will be introduced through drawing in nature.
Questions to be addressed during the week include:
Co-design and Innovation – Alastair Fuad-Luke
The journey towards sustainability is collective and depends upon activated citizens (bottom-up) as well as government interventions and commercial trends (top-down). The business approach to using design, under the ‘Design for Environment (for DfE read ‘eco-efficiency’) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agendas, can only partly deliver sustainable consumption and production. What is needed is ‘Design for society’ that invokes the power of participation in the design process. Co-design is a statement of inclusion and equity in co-creating what should be designed by those who will use the product or service. The historical and contemporary role of co-design will be presented and participants will take part in an exercise to demonstrate the power of co-design to generate innovative solutions.
Monday to Friday
Cradle to Cradle SM Design is a methodology for intelligent product design taking into account the entire lifecycle of the product. Rather than implicitly sending the material resources of a product to a landfill, Cradle to Cradle SM Design finds solutions for maintaining the worth of these valuable materials. Based on conventions found in the natural world, Cradle to Cradle SM Design has three fundamental principles: (1) Waste equals food (2) Use current solar income, and (3) Celebrate diversity.
Michael Braungart will provide an introduction to Cradle to Cradle SM Design and its historical and current applications. Cradle to Cradle SM arises out of a particular conceptual framework. This framework will be discussed, including the following topics: eco-efficiency versus eco-effectiveness, triple top line approaches and the fractal triangle, biological and technical nutrients, unmarketable products, the biological and technical metabolisms, intelligent materials pooling, life cycle development and innovation. These topics will be explained and illustrated with actual examples of implementation. Additionally, the drivers for and obstacles to the application of Cradle to Cradle SM Design will be discussed.
Departure after lunch on Friday.
Can be taken as a one, two or three week course.
Masters credits available subject to University approval.
For businesses: One week £1,100 Two weeks £1,700 Three weeks £2,100
For individuals, NGOs & Educators: One week £900 Two weeks £1,400 Three weeks £1,800
These include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.
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*Cradle to Cradle SM is a service mark of MBDC