Abstract

Unsustainability, be it environmental, social or economic, is a feature of our contemporary society. This complex challenge affects every aspect of the design field, such that moving towards sustainability requires profound changes to current practices and goals. This paper argues that design, in practice, must contend with real emerging issues, and especially in large urban centers. This paper discusses 10 years of experience with the elective university course AUP0479 - Design for Sustainability offered by The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism - FAUUSP, Brazil, which deals with the work of the local COOPAMARE waste pickers cooperative. The class operates with design for need rather than design for greed as a foundation. As an observation on the span of the course’s history, it raises questions and points to future opportunities for integrating sustainability in design teaching.

Keywords:

education, design, sustainability, solid waste

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Sharing 10 years of experience with class AUP0479 – Design for Sustainability

Unsustainability, be it environmental, social or economic, is a feature of our contemporary society. This complex challenge affects every aspect of the design field, such that moving towards sustainability requires profound changes to current practices and goals. This paper argues that design, in practice, must contend with real emerging issues, and especially in large urban centers. This paper discusses 10 years of experience with the elective university course AUP0479 - Design for Sustainability offered by The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism - FAUUSP, Brazil, which deals with the work of the local COOPAMARE waste pickers cooperative. The class operates with design for need rather than design for greed as a foundation. As an observation on the span of the course’s history, it raises questions and points to future opportunities for integrating sustainability in design teaching.

 

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