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This paper aims to understand the value of synergy between the field of design and that of transition management for sustainability. Six potential values of synergy are identified: (1) enriched methods of retrieving knowledge of current objects and current systems; (2) providing boundary objects in transition arenas beyond language games; (3) actively envisioning the effect of design things during and beyond their lifetime; (4) intensified reflexivity in design practices and projects; (5) more prototyping activities to leave traces of transition activities in everyday life; (6) greater focus on building interactions through a broader range of co-creation activities. The paper also identifies four possible pitfalls of synergy between the two practices. The paper is grounded in literature but is meant to be a stepping stone towards experimentation in practice; where knowledge, approaches, methods and experience of both fields are combined to intensify the impact on sustainability.

Authors: Jotte de Koning

This contribution outlines the project ViviCalusca as an experimentation of enhancing social innovation within a vulnerable group in Milan, living in a public housing located in Vicolo Calusca. The aim of the project was to overcome their situation of fragility by engaging them in various activities and applying a set of diverse approaches and techniques, coming from theatre, sociology and design.

As researchers in design for social innovation, we mainly used co-design and service design methods and tools: more precisely we planned a path of light co-design sessions to activate a sustainable micro-economy of exchange and gift among people in the neighbourhood.
This project led us to reflect upon our contribution as designers within a group with such a level of social vulnerability: we understood that the co-design process itself was more important than results, as it worked better as a form of community engagement rather than producing effective ‘design’ results.

Authors: Daniela Selloni, Martina Rossi

The development model based on industrial production was responsible in two centuries for a significant reduction of many non-renewable resources. The idea that design as a field of knowledge has been a notable participant in this context has existed since the 1970s and has been corroborated by leading authors ever since, such as Victor Papanek, Gui Bonsiepe, Ezio Manzini, Michael Braungart and Janis Birkeland. 
Going with this concept, studies from the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) indicate that about 80% of the environmental cost of a product, service or system is generated in the design phase. This makes clear the importance of inserting this theme in the field of design, both in the academic and professional spheres. 
Based on this, the research aims to understand how it is the approach of teaching in design for sustainability in Brazilian undergraduate courses. 
From a set of data obtained in public official documents from the Institutes of Higher Education (HEI) researched in Brazil and Europe, in addition to a bibliographical survey of relevant contemporary publications, this paper uses content analysis tools to map the recurrence and articulation between documents. The results present the state of the art of design education for sustainability in Brazil in comparison to European educational institutions and the scientific community agenda. 

Authors: Marcelo Ambrosio, Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos