Design Challenges Today: An Overview of Its Sustainable Principles

By Marina Puyuelo Cazorla, Lola Merino Sanjuán and Nieves Fernández Villalobos.

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Some approaches in the discipline’s short history have marked the direction and type of commitments assumed by design and above all have offered a glimpse of where these challenges are pointing towards now. In fact, we find that design is not an independent activity but is always linked to a system which marks certain priorities according to the context. In order to reposition design objectives towards improving people's living conditions, modern society must deal with the serious conflicts revealing the inoperative nature of the current system and the need for a radical change towards sustainability. Design, together with other areas dedicated to planning, cannot be exercised as a frivolous activity linked to trends, consumption and fashion. Indicators such as the environmental and social crisis the world is experiencing are making other ideas resonate, bringing with them new opportunities for change. This paper makes an approach to Design from the perspective of the challenges and commitments it assumes for the well-being of individuals and society.

Keywords: Design Commitments, Topics and Design Challenges, Social Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.63-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.807MB).

Dr. Marina Puyuelo Cazorla

University Professor, Department of Graphical Expression in Architectural Trends, School of Technical Design Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Valencia, Spain

M. Puyuelo is professor, academic and curator. She currently heads the project DAPA Design and Technologies for the Use and Accessibility of the World Heritage Sites. She led a research project focusing on urban parks for elderly people which won the 2004 Research Award from the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón (Spain). Her research investigates products for public spaces, accessibility and inclusive design. She has published several books as result of these projects, and these provide a framework for understanding accessibility in the context of product design practice.

Lola Merino Sanjuán

Associate Professor, Department of Graphical Expression in Architectural Trends, School of Technical Design Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Valencia, Spain

L. Merino is a practising architect, academic and curator. She holds the speciality of Urban Furniture Design at the same school and has wide experience in garden and urban park design.

Dr. Nieves Fernández Villalobos

Lecturer, Dep Theory of Architecture and Architectural Projects, E.T.S. Architecture & Polytechnic School Valladolid, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

Dr. Architect. Lecturer in Theory and History of Design at E.T.S. Architecture & Polytechnic School. Valladolid.

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