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Title: Learning the unlearned : product design for sustainability in China
Authors: Leong, B 
Lee, YHB 
Keywords: Design education
Product design for sustainability
Industrial design
Social design
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS)
Source: Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Sustainability, Technology And Education 2012, November 28-30, 2012, Perth, Australia, p. 3-12 How to cite?
Abstract: The teaching and learning of Design for Sustainability (DfS) is not any easy undertaking within today s well-established discipline of industrial design. As DfS learning emphasises unlearning the product-based approach, it involves the uptake of a set of design skills that, if not contradictory, are entirely novel, such as the co-creation approach, consumption-alleviation thinking and solution-based design, thus posing a challenge for most physically oriented design students. Because of the seemingly alienated nature of DfS, most design schools in China are having difficulty in promoting DfS teaching, or have been forced to put it to one side as a decorative subject within the discipline of industrial design, thus hindering its natural development within design education. In this paper, the authors argue that DfS learning is best begun from the unlearned practices of industrial design, and is best pursued within a local, social setting. Cases supporting this view are also presented to serve as a reference for alternative DfS teaching and learning approaches in and for China.
ISBN: 978-972-8939-79-3
Rights: © 2012 IADIS
This is a paper published in the Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Sustainability, Technology And Education 2012. Used with permission from IADIS, .
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