Design for Sustainability

The challenge for design is to create products and services that are not just sustainable, but that also deliver better value in a dynamically changing business and user context. The Design for Sustainability research area explores new territories in design and sustainability.

It asks, for instance, how sustainability can be successfully integrated into product development at the ‘fuzzy’ front end, when not only the consumer demands but also the technologies involved are not yet fixed; how design can stimulate more sustainable lifestyles; what we can learn from frugal innovation; and how visioning and scenario-building can become integral to sustainable design. The development of ‘fast-track’ life cycle assessment methods is an important part of this research area.

Selection of research projects