Design, sustainability and behaviour change
Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B
Author: Andrews, Deborah
Section: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
ell-established and positive reputation for high quality research, enterprise, under and post-graduate courses in the field of sustainable design and engineering. Experience of working in these areas highlighted the gap between theory and practice among staff and students however and further investigation showed that there was considerable ‘room for improvement’ in issues associated with sustainability around the university as a whole. Research revealed that the most successful campaigns related to sustainability are those in which the community is involved and those which enable audience members to appreciate and / or identify with the outcomes of their activities. It was therefore appropriate to develop a student design project that helped to turn theory into practice by raising awareness of sustainability and encouraging more sustainable behaviour around the university, which is particularly timely because 2005 – 2014 is the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. This paper details the context of the project, the project itself and the various anticipated and unanticipated outcomes of the project.