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Design for Environmental Sustainability

Life Cycle Design of Products

Authors: Vezzoli, Carlo

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  • Provides a comprehensive supporting framework and a practical tool for the process of designing environmentally sustainable products
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This book provides a comprehensive framework and practical tools to support environmentally sustainable design processes. It puts forward an articulated vision of methods, tools and strategies for the integration of environmental requirements into product development as part of the circular economy, and highlights potential strategies and design guidelines, accompanied by a large selection of high-quality, environmentally aware product design case studies.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part of the book introduces and defines the outline and scenarios of sustainable development and, within this framework, traces the evolution of sustainability in the design research and practice.

The second part, deals in-depth with the approach and strategies used to design and develop environmentally sustainable products. In particular, this section explains the Life Cycle Design approach, and the strategies and guidelines to minimize material consumption, minimise energy consumption, minimise resource toxicity and harmfulness, optimise resources renewability and bio-compatibility, optimise product lifespan, extend material lifespan and facilitate disassembly. In addition, the offering models in which it becomes very interesting – under an economic and competitive profile – to design products with a low environmental impact are also explained.

The third part presents the environmental impact of products, and the tools and methods for assessing it, with a specific focus on the Life Cycle Assessment together with the tools that have been developed to support product design for environmental sustainability. Finally, we find a description of the Method for Product Design for Environmental Sustainability (MPDS), and the tools that the DIS research unit (Design and system Innovation for Sustainability, Design Department, Politecnico di Milano) adopts when offering consultancy to firms with the aim of paving their way to the development of skills and tools related to the design of environmentally sustainable products.

In the appendix, the design strategies and guidelines are synthetically re-proposed, together with the environmental impact assessment tables.

Extensively rewritten for this new edition, the book is an important text for all students, designers and design engineers interested in product development processes.

About the authors

Carlo Vezzoli is Full Professor of Design at the Politecnico di Milano University and within this Institution for 20 years he has been researching and teaching on design for sustainability. Nowadays he holds the courses of product Design for environmental Sustainability and System Design for Sustainability, he is the head of both the research group Design and system Innovation for Sustainability (DIS) and the research lab LeNS_Lab Polimi. He has delivered worldwide (outside Italy) courses and lectures in universities in Africa (Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda), Asia (China, India, Japan and Thailand); The Americas (Brazil; Colombia and Mexico), and Europe (Estonia, Finland, France, Norway, The Netherlands and United Kingdom).


He presented in international congresses (22 as keynote speeches), in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom), the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and United States), Africa (South Africa, Uganda), and Asia (India and China).

Since 2007 he is founder of the Learning Network on Sustainability which is a worldwide multipolar network of more than 100 design Universities covering all continents, with the aim of diffusing design for sustainability with an open ethos. Nowadays he is coordinating the LeNSin EU funded (Erasmus+ program) 3 years project involving 36 Universities as partners from Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, China, United Kingdom, The Netherland, Finland and Italy.

 

He wrote several books published in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Design for Environmental Sustainability
Book Subtitle
Life Cycle Design of Products
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London Ltd., part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-7364-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-7364-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-7363-2
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVIII, 330
Number of Illustrations
168 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Original Italian edition published by Zanichelli editore SpA, Bologna, Italia, 2007
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