[Contact Hours: 39 hours;
Pre-requisites: Nil; Academic Unit: 3.0]
Academic Unit : 3AU
Pre-requisite : Nil
This course introduces
students to the area of Sustainable Design and seeks to make students more
sensitive and better informed when designing objects, environments, and
services which are socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable.
The course will first
introduce student to sustainability as a principle and the impact it has on
society, the economy, and earth we live on. An overview of Sustainable Design
philosophy, principles, and methods will be covered, followed by more detailed
study about Sustainable Design for objects, environments and services.
Multidisciplinary collaboration between students on their projects is
- Sustainability overview (social, economic, and ecological)
- Sustainable Design overview and principles (materials, energy
efficiency, quality and durability, reuse and recycling, carbon
footprints, embodied energy, service substitution, among others)
- Philosophies and Methods (e.g.
biomimicry, cradle to cradle, etc.)
- Sustainable Design objects
- Sustainable Design environments
- Sustainable Design services
Sustainable design concepts for objects,
environments and services
- Final review of projects/ assignments
The student will be able to consider sustainability
issues and apply sustainable design knowledge, principles, and methods in the
formulation of their design solutions.
45% Continuous Assessment – students will be assessed based on studio-based
exercises and projects, including individual, group and team-based assignments.
40% Final Written Assessment – students are required to respond to an essay
question using acquired knowledge and skill pertaining to a topic on
Benyus Janine M. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, William Morrow Paperbacks, 2002
Braungart Michael, McDonough William. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, North Point Press, 2002
Fuad-Luke Alastair. ecoDesign: The Sourcebook: Third Fully Revised Edition, Chronicle Books, 2010
McLennan Jason. The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, Ecotone Publishing Company LLC, 2004