INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: PERCEPTIONS OF EXPERTS
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco CantaMESsa, Dorian Marjanovic, Francesca Montagna
Author: Telenko, Cassandra (1); Wood, Kristin (2)
Institution: 1: Georgia Institute of Technology, United States of America; 2: Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Section: Innovation and Creativity
Innovation and creativity research assists and enables designers to break the mold of everyday, expected designs and discover the delightful, but unexpected, meaning-rich, and radical through novel approaches to engineering problems and opportunities. Sustainability is one wicked problem that requires innovative design thinking to change the interface between nature, society, economy and artifact. We surveyed perspectives on the innovation process from 59 design experts internationally through two separate workshops. In the first workshop, 38 experts in innovation provided perspectives on the cognitive underpinnings and design processes relevant to innovation. In the second, 21 experts provided their perspectives on the same topics in light of sustainable design objectives. These findings show the two areas of research to be linked alternatives, and that future research into analogies, creativity, open-mindedness and the application of constraints can help bridge the gap between techniques in engineering design innovation and the applications of sustainable engineering design.