Pekka Murto, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Design, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture; Oscar Person, Assistant Professor of Design Integration at the Department of Design, Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture
The design literature on environmental sustainability frequently suggests that designers—whether they are industrial, interior, or product designers—should take on a central role in determining the sustainability of products and systems (Lewis, Gertsakis, Grant, Morelli, and Sweatman, 2001; Papanek, 1985; Shedroff, 2009; Vezzoli and Manzini, 2008a). In brief, given a propensity for strategic and holistic design thinking (on design thinking, see, e.g., Brown, 2008), designers are recommended to utilize systemic approaches to environmentally sustainable design, such as product–service systems (Manzini and Vezzoli, 2003; Mont, 2002) and whole systems design (Blizzard and Klotz, 2012; Charnley, Lemon, and Evans, 2011).
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