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Design for Sustainability

A Practical Approach, 1st Edition

By Tracy Bhamra, Vicky Lofthouse


202 pages

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Design for Sustainability is a practical approach to design which focuses on the challenges and issues faced by those designing consumer products in the 21st Century. It is written from a design perspective and aimed at both professional and student industrial and product designers, and those involved in managing design. The book begins by summarising the historical and current issues of the environmental debate in the context of sustainable product development, highlighting the benefits gained from considering the impact on the environment and issues of sustainability when designing. The authors answer the questions: What is sustainable product development and why is it important? What are the main drivers of sustainable product development? They explain how design can help to control human impact on the environment by not only minimising pollution, waste, energy use and use of scarce resources, but also by thinking outside the box to create systems and services that can reduce the number of products manufactured. The aim is to put sustainable development within a commercial context and introduce a new focus for design. Design for Sustainability outlines and assesses the methods, tools and techniques available to designers, both for design innovation and design improvement. A wide range of case studies are presented across a number of product sectors including electrical goods, IT and furniture. Initially they demonstrate product improvement and redesign, examples include those that reduce waste, pollution and energy consumption, designing for recycling and reuse of parts. Further examples are then provided exemplifying the more radical approach of system and service design. The final section takes the reader through a whole sustainable design project from start to finish, from brief to manufacture. References and sources of information are also included.


’This book is well worth reading and provides a good source of reference for industrial and product design practitioners.’ Mark Hadfield, The International Journal of Sustainable Engineering ’The book is written in a most accessible language. The didactical approach makes the reader feel that teachers, trainers and consultants hold the pen. The book is functionally illustrated with photographs and drawings. Each chapter provides a conclusion and a reference list, mainly covering the period of the late 1990s until the first decade of the new millennium. This is one of the signs showing this book is a revised edition of the 2007 publication on the same subject. … In summary, this book is an essential reference for designers, in particular those aiming at contributing to a more sustainable world. At the same time, it offers most inspiring reading for decision makers and consultants of government and business in the sector. It is most useful for students of (management of) design, product development, and marketing. The book is not a stand alone event�. It is part of the outstanding Gower series on Design for social responsibility�. This series published volumes for all those interested in design issues going beyond profit� and including, among others, green consumption and ethics. The series, which includes design publications on health care and project management, is also excellent from a concept and format point of view.’ International Journal of Environment and Pollution, vol. 56, 2014

About the Authors

Tracy Bhamra is Reader in Sustainable Design in the Department of Design and Technology at Loughborough University. After initially having a background in manufacturing engineering she has been researching in the field of sustainable design since 1992. Vicky Lofthouse lectures in the Department of Design and Technology at Loughborough University. After training as an industrial designer at Loughborough she worked as a designer consultant for Johnson Haigh Rogers and then specialised in sustainable design at Cranfield University. The authors' research and consultancy work has influenced a broad spectrum of sectors including electronic and electrical, automotive, textiles and clothing, and packaging.

About the Series

Design for Social Responsibility

Social responsibility, in various disguises, has been a recurring theme in design for many years. Since the 1960s several more or less commercial approaches have evolved. In the 1970s designers were encouraged to abandon 'design for profit' in favour of a more compassionate approach inspired by Papanek. In the 1980s and 1990s profit and ethical issues were no longer considered mutually exclusive and more market-oriented concepts emerged, such as the 'green consumer' and ethical investment. The purchase of socially responsible, 'ethical' products and services has been stimulated by the dissemination of research into sustainability issues in consumer publications. Accessibility and inclusivity have also attracted a great deal of design interest and recently designers have turned to solving social and crime-related problems. Organisations supporting and funding such projects have recently included the NHS (research into design for patient safety); the Home Office has (design against crime); Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (design decision-making for urban sustainability). Businesses are encouraged (and increasingly forced by legislation) to set their own socially responsible agendas that depend on design to be realised. Design decisions all have environmental, social and ethical impacts, so there is a pressing need to provide guidelines for designers and design students within an overarching framework that takes a holistic approach to socially responsible design. This edited series of guides is aimed at students of design, product development, architecture and marketing, and design and management professionals working in the sectors covered by each title. Each volume includes: ¢ The background and history of the topic, its significance in social and commercial contexts and trends in the field. ¢ Exemplar design case studies. ¢ Guidelines for the designer and advice on tools, techniques and resources available.

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