DS 123: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2023)

Year: 2023
Editor: Buck, Lyndon; Grierson, Hilary; Bohemia, Erik
Author: Rivas, Manuel; Soares, Liliana; Aparo, Ermanno; Teixeira, Jorge; Cavaleiro, Rui
Series: E&PDE
Institution: IPVC Instituto Politecnico de Viana do Castelo; CIAUD, Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design, Lisbon School of Architecture, Universidade de Lisboa
Section: The effect that design and engineering have on global co-habitation
DOI number: 10.35199/EPDE.2023.1
ISBN: 978-1-912254-19-4


This paper is an ongoing research study that highlights sustainability and social ventures to create connections between academic and business worlds in order to design towards the new functions of XXI century’s reality. The authors underline how design practices can help to create a pilot project, implementing social changes. This means that governmental inefficiency presents itself as a new problem that designers, educators and entrepreneurs must face, demanding to endlessly diagnose the situation. This research proposes to redesign and develop a self-sustainable habitat for minorities, such as, refugees, something that is integrated in the city and not isolated. The issue of building in historic centers is essential to understand the life of the city in a changing world. That is, it is the ability to design systems and not compact and definitive frames. Sustainability issues are characterized by an extraordinary complexity and ambiguity as a reflex of liquid reality (Bauman, 2005), but there is still unsustainable development due to globalization of resource-intensive economic progress and consumerist lifestyle (Heinrichs and Biermann, 2015). In order to sustainability be recognized with a pluralistic view, it is urgent to develop policy instruments, such as sustainable strategies, mutual methods, and collective goals. In view of COP26 (2021), sustainability is increasing in importance relative to social changes. Nevertheless, empirical outcomes show that methodologically it is hard to translate into practice in education discussion and that often it is a question of communication rather than sustainability. “We then discuss whether sustainability communication is something ‘unique‖’ or simply communication that happens to deal with sustainability.” (Newig et al. 2013: 2978). For instance, having a discourse oriented to students, means using communication about sustainability (CaS) as it is an excellent opportunity, a sender-receiver-oriented and one-to-many communication mode, sharing ideas about sustainability (Fischer et al, 2015). Methodologically, this research is sustained by transversal thinking, pattern-language and sustainability, connecting established methods with new techniques. The paper present some cases studies with design students where creative activities transformed the entire urban community. The authors want to prove that designing inclusive systems can serve as a stimulus to attract companies, creating new stakeholders that stimulate new product development and innovation.

Keywords: Reflective Practitioners, Self-sustainable Habitat, Pattern-Language, Co-Design


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