Sustainability is the capacity to endure through renewal, maintenance, and sustenance, or nourishment.
The etymology of the word “sustainable” incorporates Latin words meaning to hold up from below. Most dictionaries define “sustainability” as the ability to continue an action without the risk of failure or collapse.
Sustainable design – designing physical objects, built environment, services to comply with the principles of social, economic, ecological sustainability.
- Intention – to eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skilful design, can be applied in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, engineering, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, fashion design and human-computer interaction.
- Applications of this philosophy range from the microcosm through to the macrocosm.
- known as Ecodesign, green design or environmental design
- Low-impact materials: non-toxic, sustainably produced or recycled materials – little energy to process
- Energy efficiency: processes and products which require less energy
- Quality and durability: longer-lasting and better-functioning products – replaced less frequently
- Design for reuse and recycling
Caroline Pham – public art instillation that encourages biophilia by bringing natural sunlight into underground subway stations by way of fiber optics and sunlight collection panels
SEE Policy Booklet aims to demonstrate how design can incite a sustainable and innovative mindset among all players in society