Design for Environmental Sustainability is a technical and operative contribution to the United Nations "Decade on Education for Sustainable Development" (2005-2014), aiding the development of a new generation of designers, responsible and able in the task of designing environmentally sustainable products.
Design for Environmental Sustainability provides a comprehensive framework and a practical tool to support the design process. The book offers an organic vision of methodologies, tools and strategies for the integration of environmental requirements into product development. Possible strategies and design guidelines are highlighted, accompanied by a large selection of high-quality environmentally-aware product design case studies.
Divided into four parts, the first part covers environmental sustainability and presents the general guidelines that can be followed to reach it. The second part examines the Life Cycle Design approach and the strategies to minimise consumption of resources, select low environmental impact resources, optimise product life span, extend the life of materials, and design for disassembly. The third part presents methods and tools to evaluate the environmental impact of products (e.g., Life Cycle Assessment) and other support tools for the integration of environmental requirements into real design processes. The fourth and final part describes the historical evolution of sustainability, both in design practice and research.
Design for Environmental Sustainability is an important text for all students, designers and design engineers interested in product development processes.
Carlo Vezzoli is Full Professor of Design at the Politecnico di Milano University and within this Institution for 20 years he has been researching and teaching on design for sustainability. Nowadays he holds the courses of product Design for environmental Sustainability and System Design for Sustainability, he is the head of both the research group Design and system Innovation for Sustainability (DIS) and the research lab LeNS_Lab Polimi. He has delivered worldwide (outside Italy) courses and lectures in universities in Africa (Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda), Asia (China, India, Japan and Thailand); The Americas (Brazil; Colombia and Mexico), and Europe (Estonia, Finland, France, Norway, The Netherlands and United Kingdom).
He presented in international congresses (22 as keynote speeches), in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom), the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and United States), Africa (South Africa, Uganda), and Asia (India and China).
Since 2007 he is founder of the Learning Network on Sustainability which is a worldwide multipolar network of more than 100 design Universities covering all continents, with the aim of diffusing design for sustainability with an open ethos. Nowadays he is coordinating the LeNSin EU funded (Erasmus+ program) 3 years project involving 36 Universities as partners from Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, China, United Kingdom, The Netherland, Finland and Italy.
He wrote several books published in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.
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