sustainable design Articles

  • Designing sustainability that sells

    Consumers are beginning to express their desire for more sustainable products. But by and large, green products are not making themselves easy to love. Lance Hosey, who keynoted at the recent Sustainable Brands conference, believes there's still ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Design as a problem and design as a solution for sustainability

    The role of industrial design has been essential for the definition of an industrial model based on large production volumes for broad markets, but industrial designers also contributed to the maturation of such a model towards sophisticated models that are now proving to be unsustainable. This made the design discipline particularly sensitive to the question of sustainability. In this context, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The reflexive designer - a method for sustainable IT development

    An increasing diffusion of IT in almost all aspects of our daily lives in modern western societies raises questions about; how IT is done and what the effects are on social sustainability. In this paper, it is argued that we need to consider these issues during 'the becoming', instead of tackling them in retrospect and relate such a view closer to the work practices of IT designers in order to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Methodology for the design of sustainable production systems

    The demand for a continuous improvement of production systems to meet the requirements of a sustainable development has lead to a complex situation, as economic, ecological and social requirements simultaneously have to be considered. This situation is a challenge for many production companies, as different design parameters have different impacts on production system capabilities. A decision ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Applying design for sustainability in an ICT company

    Environmental awareness has been raised globally, and as a consequence, sustainability is increasingly under focus. Due to increased demand from end-users and tightened legislation, companies must seriously take sustainability into account. Typically, sustainability is attempted to address only after product realisation. However, best sustainability results can be obtained through earlier ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainable urban design: principles to practice

    This paper attempts to make the connection between the theory of sustainability and the practice of urban design. In doing so it draws from a wide body of literature to establish ten universal principles of sustainable urban design. These it relates to some of the widely accepted precepts of sustainable development. In linking theory to practice, consideration is given to how these principles ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Next-generation dialyser design using sustainable design methods

    Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) is used to understand the holistic flow of energy and materials throughout a product's life. As part of a comprehensive approach to design next-generation dialysers, we performed a LCA of an Optiflux F180NR dialyser. Combining LCA insights with a functional analysis of each product component, we analysed which components could be improved most effectively. Determining ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Product attachment and replacement: implications for sustainable design

    This research investigated a number of main areas of attachment in order to determine how consumer-product relationships are formed and to identify whether these feelings influence replacement decisions. Primary research comprised of interviews with consumers to discuss the topic area in relation to three possessions selected for their attachment qualities. The research highlighted how ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Towards sustainable design in the sports and leisure industry

    The sports and leisure products industry, like most of the consumer products manufacturing sector has been operating very much on a disposable commodity basis. Indeed, many sports products require high levels of energy to manufacture, they exploit low-paid labour in the developing world, and they are conceived typically with little consideration of recyclability and reusability, or sustainability ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Hybridisation between technology and biology in design for sustainability

    This work illustrates the development of a method for bio-inspired design, based on the integration of inspiration from biology with a sound awareness of the exigencies in terms of sustainability. The objective of this method would be to facilitate the development and partition into tasks of the design process and constitute an univocal and common reference for the integration and collaboration ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Developing and sustaining creative cities: a sustainability tool for designers, planners, and public administrators

    A creative city will be made up of many distinct characteristics within the five domains of sustainability: environmental qualities, socio-cultural conditions, technological applications, economic patterns and vitalities and supportive, democratic public policies. All of these characteristics are dependent upon sustainable design, sustainable planning and responsible urban administration for the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainable tall buildings: toward a comprehensive design approach

    This paper presents a comprehensive design approach to sustainable tall buildings development. It argues that the true efficiency and success of tall buildings are heightened by their overall relationship with their urban setting and infrastructure. Tall and supertall buildings are mini–cities and their social, economic, and environmental impacts extend throughout the neighbourhood and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A generalised exergy-based framework for sustainable design of IT systems

    This paper proposes an exergy-based approach to evaluate the sustainability of different Information Technology (IT) systems. We suggest the need for metrics that include a second-law component as well as a life-cycle view in evaluating sustainability. Having identified such a metric, we demonstrate applicability of the framework for a sample IT system. We conclude by reflecting upon additional ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Design education for sustainability: a design studio project on the re-contextualisation of the wind-up radio

    The drive towards globalisation has not only environmental and social implications, as there is a marked effect also on designers and the design process. Today, the mass production of electronic and electrical products is typically outsourced, and it is apparent that most end up being discarded while still functioning properly. With the intention of raising a critical discussion and promoting a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Designing value through less by integrating sustainability strategies into lifestyles

    The article argues for a need to overcome a conventional notion of product design. In this regard, the article offers an integrative and systemic approach to sustainable design. Instead of focusing on objects, a user–centred perspective is adopted. A sustainable design of products and services requires the integration of production–orientated (efficiency and consistency) and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Conditional sustainability

    This paper presents the methodology and findings of a research effort designed to improve understanding regarding the relationship between economy and environment. The more that economic activity and development become uncoupled from physical throughput of natural capital, the greater the possibility for sustainability of both the economic and natural systems. While gains in energy efficiency, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The End of Sustainability

    The time has come for us to collectively reexamine — and ultimately move past — the concept of sustainability. The continued invocation of sustainability in policy discussions ignores the emerging realities of the Anthropocene, which is creating a world characterized by extreme complexity, radical uncertainty and unprecedented change. From a policy perspective, we must face the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Environmentally Sustainable Design Building in York - Biomass Boiler case study

    This is an architectural practice that specialises in environmentally sustainable design for existing and new build projects. The practice is run by the husband and wife team of Sally and Chris Walker who recently took the step of building a dedicated office adjacent to their house to accommodate the expanding business and designing it to have as small a carbon footprint as possible. The office ...


    By Vortex Energy Saver

  • Key concepts of radical innovation for sustainability, with complementary roles for industrial design and engineering

    This paper presents a synoptic review of sustainability literature currently available. Distillation and synthesis of this research enabled the development of Key Concepts of Radical Innovation for Sustainability. They are presented here as diverse strategies of sustainable development/sustainable product design (SD/SPD) needed for truly radical innovation. The key concepts are of major ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A collaborative platform for sustainable building design based on model integration over the internet

    Considerable potential exists for reducing life cycle environmental impacts of buildings in Japan. While energy consumption during the operation stage of a building's lifetime is usually dominant, indirect energy use and pollutant emissions associated with production and disposal of building materials during construction and demolition are significant. For sustainable building design, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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