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DS 83: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE16), Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity, Aalborg, Denmark, 8th-9th September 2016
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen
Author: Franziska Conrad (1), Vicky Lofthouse (2), Carolina Escobar-Tello
Institution: 1Bournemouth University, 2Loughborough University
This paper discusses the findings of a doctoral literature investigation considering design practice
inspired by Nature into education. Academic and mainstream commercial publications related to Biodesign,
Bionics, Biomimetics, Biomimicry and Nature Inspired Design form the basis of this
investigation. Several approaches are compared and discussed to determine whether they are suitable
for design education and capable of fostering sustainable design thinking. Current sustainable design
education in the UK is explored to determine whether the identified current sustainable design
methods are consistently embedded across the years of an undergraduate design degree or rather seen
as an add-on to traditional design methods. The investigation concludes with 3 core questions that
form the basis of further investigations. 1) Are design methods involving inspiration through nature
used successfully in sustainable design education? 2) Could the integration of design based on
nature lead to consistent inherently sustainable design practices. 3) Could this approach foster
collaborative cross-discipline design projects at undergraduate level?
Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-disciplinarity The 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will be hosted by the Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology of Aalborg University, Denmark. The conference is organised in partnership with the Design Education Special Interests group (DESIG) of the Design Society, and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The Conference brings together representatives from education, design...