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Georgiev, G. V., & Nanjappan, V. (2023). Sustainability Considerations in Digital Fabrication Design Education. Sustainability, 15(2), 1519.

Sustainability considerations in digital fabrication design education

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Author: Georgiev, Georgi V.1; Nanjappan, Vijayakumar1
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-03-23


Design education utilising digital fabrication is characterised by a dynamic project-based learning environment in which ideas are embodied in prototypes. This environment affects the way design and fabrication activities are taught, including sustainability considerations in the process and the outcomes. With the objectives of refining the sustainability indicators in the context of digital fabrication design education and identifying educational interventions for improving sustainability, we analyse the processes and outcomes of a digital fabrication course. We further develop a conceptual framework for sustainable prototyping based on the prototyping and testing stages in the design thinking model. The sustainability considerations in the prototyping process and outcomes in the design education context in FabLab are exemplified. The findings will help enhance sustainability and develop interventions in the context of design education.

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Series: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
ISSN-E: 2071-1050
ISSN-L: 2071-1050
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Article number: 1519
DOI: 10.3390/su15021519
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6132 Visual arts and design
222 Other engineering and technologies
520 Other social sciences
616 Other humanities
Funding: This research was funded by the Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant number 346208), and by the Erasmus+ project “Bridging the creativity gap” (agreement number 2020-1-UK-01KA202-079124).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 346208
Detailed Information: 346208 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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