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Developing an ecology of mind in design

Dewberry, Emma (2011). Developing an ecology of mind in design. In: 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), 15-18 August 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Abstract

The relationship between design and sustainability (DfS) is forever evolving: from the early focus on cleaner production processes and resource efficiencies to more recent endeavours to promote environmentally benign behaviours or to counter the increasing impacts of climate change. The uncomfortable truth though is that the majority of design activity serves market forces at a global scale and at an ever-increasing rate. Despite predictions of resource scarcity – peak oil, peak minerals, peak water – the increase in the linear transit of material through the Global economy rises year on year. Design straddles this production consumption cycle: it conceives of the processes and technologies that shape our artificial world; and it fashions the forms of that artificial world that drive a consumption ideology. Neither position is sustainable. Informed by Sterling’s rigorous exploration of different sustainable education paradigms, this paper reconstructs a design literacy that has the capacity to realize effective transitions for the long-term wellbeing of environment, biodiversity and humankind.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: The Design Society
Keywords: design for sustainability; ecoliteracy; transformative learning; sustainable education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 29307
Depositing User: Emma Dewberry
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2011 15:00
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 11:47
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29307
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