Design for Sustainability (Open Access): A Multi-level Framework from Products to Socio-technical Systems, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Design for Sustainability (Open Access)

A Multi-level Framework from Products to Socio-technical Systems, 1st Edition

By Fabrizio Ceschin, İdil Gaziulusoy


168 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138315167
pub: 2019-09-03
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This book discusses the most significant ways in which design has been applied to sustainability challenges using an evolutionary perspective. It puts forward an innovation framework that is capable of coherently integrating multiple design for sustainability (DfS) approaches developed so far.

It is now widely understood that design can and must play a crucial role in the societal transformations towards sustainability. Design can in fact act as a catalyst to trigger and support innovation, and can help to shape the world at different levels: from materials to products, product-service systems, social organisations and socio-technical systems. This book offers a unique perspective on how DfS has evolved in the past decades across these innovation levels, and provides insights on its promising and necessary future development directions.

For design scholars, this book will trigger and feed the academic debate on the evolution of DfS and its next research frontiers. For design educators, the book can be used as a supporting tool to design courses and programmes on DfS. For bachelor’s and master’s level design, engineering and management students, the book can be a general resource to provide an understanding of the historical evolution of DfS. For design practitioners and businesses, the book offers a rich set of practical examples, design methods and tools to apply the various DfS approaches in practice, and an innovation framework which can be used as a tool to support change in organisations that aim to integrate DfS in their strategy and processes.

Table of Contents


1. Addressing sustainability by design

2. Green design and product ecodesign

3. Emotionally durable design

4. Design for sustainable behaviour

5. Cradle-to-cradle design

6. Biomimicry Design

7. Product-service system design for sustainability

8. Design for the base of the pyramid

9. Design for social innovation

10. Systemic design

11. Design for sustainability transitions

12. Reflections on the past, present and future of DfS

About the Authors

Fabrizio Ceschin is a Senior Lecturer in Design for Sustainability at Brunel University London, UK

Idil Gaziulusoy is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design at Aalto University, Finland

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Environment and Sustainability

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DESIGN / General
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science