Sustainable product design: learning through live projects

Andrews, Simon (2016) Sustainable product design: learning through live projects. In: Expanding Communities of Sustainable Practice 2016, 15th October 2016, Leeds College of Art. (Unpublished)

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Expanding Communities of Sustainable Practice 2016 – Abstract for proposed paper

The BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design course at Falmouth University embraces issues relating to environmental sustainability, inclusive design and social innovation, and seeks to embed these themes into design projects and the wider curriculum. The tutors develop project partners with businesses and other external organisations. Students work on live project briefs with project partners to develop design concepts that engage with sustainable design strategies whilst also considering the economic constraints organisations have to work within.
The paper draws on two case studies of live projects and seeks to establish the learning opportunities for the project partner, the students, and the academics. The project partners were a limited company and a local charity:
Lowe Alpine (Kendal, Cumbria) – the company design and manufacture outdoor equipment and backpacks. Sustainable design approaches including de-materialisation and design for disassembly were embraced, alongside principles of inclusive design.
Cornwall Mobility (Truro, Cornwall) – this local charity provides assistive technology for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. The project engaged with empathy testing and user-centred design strategies to establish new design opportunities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Education
Research > AIR > Sustainable Design
Courses by Department: School of Architecture, Design & Interiors > Sustainable Product Design
Depositing User: Simon Andrews
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 15:01
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 15:15
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/1744

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