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Are you teaching sustainable design?

The teaching guide for The Designer’s Atlas of Sustainability has lots of ideas–design briefs, essay topics, exercises and other materials–to help you work through sustainability with students of any design discipline. With more than 30 design briefs and exercises, adaptable to a range of levels, you’re sure to find something you can use or adapt.

The design briefs investigate a wide range of topics–such as outdoor lighting, children’s needs, or sensuality–from a sustainability perspective. Other examples include:

  • the practical realities of local design for local production
  • meaning from dramatic events: memorials and rites of passage
  • open source methods in design development
  • “slow design,” making people mindful of speed and timecover-teaching guide

The guide’s exercises cover quizzes, estimation, hands-on experiment, debate, and role play, among others. Examples include:

  • an introductory biomimicry laboratory
  • ethical and fair trade issues
  • the “happiness barometer”
  • models of practice that enable design activism

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