Keywords: DEEDS project, design for sustainability, DfS, sustainable design principles, SCALES, PodScape, teaching modules, learning modules, sustainable development, design education, higher education, university research, professional practice, design practice
DEEDS: a teaching and learning resource to help mainstream sustainability into everyday design teaching and professional practice
The DEsign EDucation and Sustainability (DEEDS) project, funded by the European Union's Leonardo da Vinci Programme, comprises a partnership of five institutions from the European design and sustainable development communities that embraces higher education, research and practice. This paper outlines the background, evolution and outcomes from the project which currently include a set of core principles, Skills, Creating change agents, Awareness – systemic and context, Learning together, Ethical responsibilities and Synergy and co-creating (SCALES), diverse resources available via a website, an evolving teaching and learning landscape of 'pods' (the PodScape), new student projects and more. DEEDS has embraced a platform of mutual learning by engaging diverse members of design communities with various actors and stakeholders to create a participatory platform for embedding 'sustainability into design and design into sustainability'.