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What green design activities and mindsets drive innovation and sustainability in student teams?

What green design activities and mindsets drive innovation and sustainability in student teams?

Year: 2017

Section: Design Education

Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos

Author: Faludi, Jeremy; Agogino, Alice; Beckman, Sara; Iles, Alastair

Series: ICED

Institution: UC Berkeley, United States of America

Section: Design Education

Pages: 089-097

ISBN: 978-1-904670-97-1

ISSN: 2220-4342

Abstract

What sustainable design practices can also drive innovation, and what practices do people value? Previous analysis of sustainable design methods, and the opportunism of designers generally, has suggested that design methods should actually be examined at the level of their component activities and mindsets, as each of these provides different advantages that designers could mix and match. This study performed workshops of three sustainable design methods for a total of 327 students, then surveyed students about which activities or mindsets within each design method drove innovation value, sustainability value, and any other value. The design methods tested were The Natural Step, Whole System Mapping, and Biomimicry. Qualitative and quantitative analyses of surveys found that some activities and mindsets were valued more than others for sustainability, innovation, or both, and to some extent revealed why. Some results were surprising and suggest new research directions.

Keywords: Sustainability, Innovation, Design methodology, Ecodesign, Design practice

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