Sustainable Design Studio

DID20005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One semester
    This unit will cease at the end of 2015.
    Students may wish to consider DDD30004 Furniture Design a

Contact hours

  • 36

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to introduce students to the concepts of sustainability and the principles of ecologically sustainable design by introducing a range of Design for Environment (DfE) philosophies and strategies. It enriches the vocabulary of knowledge and skills applied in product development. The unit explores the influence that product design has in relation to environmental issues such as climate change and environmental degradation.
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:
1. Define the key principles of Sustainable Design as applied to product design and development
2. Summarise the implications of product design processes for DfE
3. Explain the relationship of material selection, manufacturing processes and specification to ecologically sound product outcomes
4. Formulate a project, articulating intent, content and proposal, a clear design process; and the application of DfE principles to a product/system outcome
5. Summarise the critical analysis of available DfE information for decision-making during the product design process, with comprehensive evidence
6. Evaluate the environmental impact of a proposed product from 'cradle-to-grave' and document findings in a formal structured report.

Courses with unit

This unit will not be offered in 2016 Student can enrol in DDD30004 or Alternative unit
This unit is taught as part of the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)