Liam FENNESSY, Soumitri VARADARAJAN and Judith GLOVER
The contributions that industrial designers can make in achieving greater
degrees of sustainability in the sectors that design serves are sizable.
However the greening of product manufacturing has been largely transferred
away from the remit of design and into technical and managerial areas
within the manufacturing construct. This paper reflects on a decade of
privileging the “social and sustainable” as core to the professional and
pedagogic construction of industrial design in an undergraduate degree
program in Australia, and the two decades of theory for sustainability in
design that has informed it. The paper charts the modes and intensities of
theory in this domain and describes the issues of design for sustainability as a
technical, managerial or moral discourse for design within undergraduate
industrial design education. In discussing the transitions of theory in design
for sustainability the paper points the way toward new forms of social
and sustainable design management and leadership as a possible future
trajectory for industrial designers that look to direct their work towards
environmental and social concerns.
PUBLISHED: Proceedings from the The 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, 2014
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