Sustainable Friendly Design: Process and Artifact

By Kika Ioannou and Marianna Meletiou.

Published by The Design Collection

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Sustainable design is the art of designing physical objects and the build environment to comply with the principles of economic, social and ecological sustainability. It is a growing trend within the fields of urban planning, architecture, interior design, engineering, graphic design and fashion. The purpose of our research is the production of an artifact in the context of sustainable design. The processes and the methods used for the realization of the artifact/object focuses on the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability. Furthermore, the theoretical background of this research will also be supported with examples of literature that refer to sustainable practices. The outcome of this research is an artifact, a table, that is made of paper blocks that can be organized into various shapes in space, and glass surfaces with texts on environmental issues. The attempt is to create a functional object that is sustainable friendly and also offers the user information on the environment. This led us to the development of a ‘sustainable circle’ that diagramatically shows the factors that should be achivied to reach the sustainable design principles. With the presentation of this emerging design work, this paper also aims to illustrate the development of an innovative way of design thinking that promotes sustainability.

Keywords: Sustainability, Design, Process, Artefact

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.355-366. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 13.760MB).

Kika Ioannou

Assistant Professor, Architecture Department, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus

Kika Ioannou holds a BA degree in Interior Design and an MA degree in Education. She has been involved with numerous interior design projects since 1988. Currently she is teaching at the University of Nicosia Architecture Department and she is pursuing a PhD in Architecture. She presented academic papers in international conferences. Her area of concentration and research interests as interior designer and educator is the implementation of environmental issues in interior design and the importance of environmental education. Her work has been presented in various conferences and exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad.

Marianna Meletiou

Associate Professor, Design and Multimedia Department, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus

Marianna Kafaridou is an Assistant Professor in Visual Communications, holds a B(A) Degree in Visual Communications from the University of Wolverhampton in the U.K, a Masters Degree in Education from the College of New Jersey in the United States, a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute of Cyprus and a Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, in London. She has served as the Coordinator of the Design Department for seven years. She is a practicing graphic artist and active in commercial design work. She also represented Cyprus in European Art Festivals, and her art work accepted in International Art Festivals locally and abroad. Her research interests include semiology, meanings and functions of type formats, art and design theories and their translation within the visual language of graphic design and the sign system of typography.


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