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This paper explores ways to contemporize traditional crafts by adapting them for the modern context by proposing
symbiotic craft-design relationships that can be helpful for development and sustainability of cultural crafts.
To research such synergies between craftsmen and designers, the authors worked with craftsmen to develop
interior products. As part of a classroom project, design students collaborated with craftsmen to create new product
The study proposes that Craft–Design collaborations can result in products that combine the existing traditional
aesthetic and hand-skills with innovative thinking. This alliance between craft and design can lead to a winwin
situation for both sides.
Giving a new life to traditional practices/crafts will promote and sustain this cultural heritage and provide
craftsmen with increased earnings, while ensuring that both Tangible and Intangible traditional skills are preserved
for posterity, and the rich legacy of India’s crafts can continue to be enjoyed and admired.

Authors: Puja Anand, Alok Bhasin

Plastic is synonymous with the industrial revolution of the 20th century. However, it has earned a reputation as being
hazardous to the environment. It is not the material that is truly a hazard but the way we choose to use it.
An alternative ideology to the utilization of plastics is that of the former Communist German Democratic Republic
(GDR). Plastics and design were interlinked with the political discourse and helped shape a breed of frugally
innovative designers. Plastic came to be viewed as a valuable commodity for producing products built for durability.
Socialist ideology on design overlaps with the current ideology on sustainable design.
The main question addressed is; with the imminent spread of the internet, knowledge is more accessible and
less commodified. Infrastructure complementary to socialist design ideologies is now available to a much larger part
of the population. Hence, are socialist design ideologies of the past viable choices for sustainable design solutions for
a post-capitalist future?

Authors: Aniruddha Gupte

One major issue attached to the transition towards a sustainable society is that of improving social equity and cohesion in low and middle-income contexts, while empowering locally-based enterprises and initiatives for sustainability, characterised by a democratisation of access to resources, goods and services. 

In relation to this, two promising and interwoven offer models coupling environmental with economic and social sustainability are the Sustainable Product-Service System (S.PSS) and the Distributed Economies (DE). The coupling of these two models is a new promising Research Hypothesis of the LeNSin (the international Learning Network of networks on Sustainability) funded by the EU Erasmus+. LeNSin, started in 2015, is the follow up of other two EU funded projects aiming at the promotion of a new generation of designers (and educators) capable to effectively contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society for all, aiming at the diffusion of design for sustainability worldwide with a learning-by–sharing and open and copy left ethos. 

The Hypothesises have been explored, and articulated within the project: 5 seminars were prepared in partner institutions, which was resulted in developing the new knowledge-base and know-how delivered to 10 pilot courses. Finally, all the resources were uploaded on the open-learning e-platform, where they could be downloaded free of charge, open and copy left, became the first open learning e-package on S.PSS applied to DE design. 

Authors: Carlo VezzoliCenk Basbolat