During the last 4 years, hundreds of people have downloaded the teaching guide for the book The Designer’s Atlas of Sustainability. Now it’s time to take stock of the teaching guide. I’m investigating what other materials might support you in teaching sustainable design and I’d like to talk with you about it.
Many universities use the teaching guide and The Designer’s Atlas of Sustainability as a text for sustainable design courses. But there are also many other teaching “tools” and texts available and I want to find out how all these help you teach sustainable design.
I frequently hear from university teachers with concerns that we all share about how to help students navigate the scale and complexity of sustainability. We probably all also have a sense that the wider university context affects the way we teach sustainable design.
For example, does your department give faculty members enough support to develop sustainability knowledge? How does your department include sustainability — do they re-badge existing programs, start new degree programs, or send students off to other departments? What about recruiting new students — how does sustainability seem to play into it?
I’d like to hear your views. If you’d be willing to discuss these issues with me further sometime during the next couple of months please email me or leave a comment (ann [at] designers-atlas.net).