Sustainable development has become a philosophical and moral imperative in global societies that are struggling with the social, cultural, and environmental costs of unmitigated production and consumption that has dominated much of the past century. Design can play a significant role in mediating relationships between natural, industrial, and cultural systems to satisfy socio-cultural and individual needs while ensuring the well-being of the environment, of communities and of future generations.
The current focus on sustainability within design practice has brought about a reexamination of systems of production and consumption that have had serious impacts and have led to a deterioration of quality of life in many sectors of society.
This research guide provides resources related to sustainable design practice to address both global and local issues that can be positively influenced by design. By focusing on a human-centered systems approach, a participatory, open design process can challenge and expand perceptions of the designer’s role in society now and beyond.
The resources are applicable to many of the design disciplines including graphic design, social marketing, architecture and interior design and urban development.
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