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Title: A new ethos for a multipolar design learning community: A mechanism for the development and diffusion of teaching materials on design for sustainability in an open-source and copy left ethos
Authors: Vezzoli, C
Ceschin, F
Keywords: Learning network;Sustainability;Didactic materials and tools;Learning objects;E-learning;Collaborative knowledge production;Open-source;Copy left;Design for sustainability;Product-service system
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: International Association of Technology, Education and Development
Citation: International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2010), Valencia, Spain, 8 - 10 Mar 2010
Abstract: Finally, the time has arrived in which there is a shared opinion that sustainable development requires a system discontinuity, meaning that radical changes in the way we produce, consume and socially interacts are needed. Finally, the time has arrived in which there is an emerging understanding that an important contribution to this change can be directly linked to the role of the design. However we have to admit that the designers are still more part of the problem, than part of the solution, i.e. proactive and diffused actors of the radical change requested by the transition towards a sustainable society. Within the so called learning society, new visions and tools are urgently requested for the design. A new political agenda is needed, looking at all of the of the design’s bodies (the designers, the design educators and the design researchers) as a learning community that urgently needs to accelerate the process of consolidation and diffusion of the new knowledge and know-how, for a new generation of designers. Under this perspective, a key role should be played by the design schools. The paper will explore this issue and in its framework presents the vision, the ambitions and the tools developed within the Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS) project, an Asian- European multi-polar network for curricula development on Design for Sustainability, financed by the European Commission under the Asia-Links programme.
Description: Copyright @ 2010 International Association of Technology, Education and Development
ISBN: 978-84-613-5538-9
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Dept of Design Research Papers

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