Strong sustainability aspects in the ideation process: a pedagogical experiment

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Escobar, Melissa (1,2,3); Laforest, Valérie (1); Troussier, Nadège (3); Faucheu, Jenny (2)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Mines Saint-Etienne, Univ Lyon, CNRS, Univ Jean Monnet, Univ Lumière Lyon 2, Univ Lyon 3 Jean Moulin, ENS Lyon, ENTPE, ENSA Lyon, UMR 5600 EVS, F-42023 Saint-Etienne, France; 2: Mines Saint-Etienne, Univ Lyon, CNRS, UMR 5307 LGF, F-42023 Saint-Etienne, France; 3: ICD, CREIDD, Université de Technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, 10 0 04 Troyes, France
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 3205-3214
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The progress of science and technology has considerably increased the quality of life - especially the material standard of living - (e.g. disappearance of famines, increase in life expectancy) On the other hand, climate change, reduction of biodiversity, decrease of natural resources, and increase of environmental risks are some of the consequences of this human activities. Addressing these new challenges will require holistic comprehension and actionable approaches. The mitigation of these consequences requires effective responses in terms of transition. In this context, engineering and design students need time but also adapted curricula focused on sustainability and eco design concepts to support evolution of their skills, their knowledge and their culture. This article discusses the integration of a strong sustainability knowledge within the ideation process through a pedagogical experience, in order to develop new knowledge-based approaches, methodologies and tools

Keywords: Strong Sustainability, Creativity, Design education, Sustainability

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