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In the context of the evolution of Design sustainability for All, Design for All is the specific and coherent approach of design culture for human diversity, social inclusion and equality. This contribution presents the progress of a study conducted by the Design Research Unit at the University of Chieti-Pescara, on the possible relationships, intersections and synergies of Cross-fertilization between Design for All and Design sustainability for All, and developed on the basis of some research questions: What is the role of Design for All in the transition to Sustainability for All society? What is the required update with respect to its current theoretical, methodological and applicative tools? It is the natural evolution of a debate promoted by IEA/Sub-Technical Committee “Ergonomics and Design for sustainability”, whose first results were discussed at the IEA (International Ergonomics Association) conferences.

Authors: Antonio Marano, Giuseppe Di Bucchianico

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  • Venue Italy
Without disputing the importance of eco-design and sustainability in design education, there is little evidence of work specifically targeting sustainable medical solutions. Developing medical devices is complex, financially risky, requires large upfront investment and involves long lead times to market. In global design education today, the rigour and necessary focus on safety and efficacy of medical devices has meant that efforts to minimize environmental impact are often deprioritized or postponed, but increasingly emphasising on providing guidance to firms.
 
This exploratory study aims at understanding how design education affects DfE implementation in the process of designing medical products. 54 healthcare and medical design programs were identified online and analysed based on the information they provide on their websites. The surveys and the following analysis of the data helped highlight some of the problems in design education and open the platform for future work in environment conscious design education.
 
Authors: Pranay Arun Kumar, Stephen Jia Wang

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  • Venue Italy
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