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Shifting Mindset: towards sustainability at Linnaeus University design programmes
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Design.
2013 (English)In: Projecting design 2012: Cumulus working papers, Cumulus association , 2013, 24-29 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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The School of Design, part of Linnaeus University in Sweden, has been focusing on new design thinking in our education. In the Sustainability specialization within the Design Programme we have been striving to increase the awareness of sustainability concerns (environmental, social and economic) instead of being traditionally focused on aesthetics.

 We have developed a programme in line with the increasingly problematic world, where climate change is just one incitement for proposing attitudinal changes. The process of shifting our own and our students’ mindsets has been successful. As soon as the students come to grips with the actual situation they are more than willing to change from the romantic dreams of figuring in glossy magazines to developing new fields for their research. Design education can have an impact on society while working closely and together with society to explore what design can do. We are proud of what we have achieved and are heading for a future where the design discipline takes a leading role in transforming vital parts of our society.

In my paper I will present one of the projects where the focus was on collaborating with a municipal housing company and a Swedish migration institution. It will include some of the extraordinary ideas developed by our students. My aim is to exemplify ‘design in action’, which might mean a changing and expanding view of the design of today and tomorrow. Shifting Mindset.

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Cumulus association , 2013. 24-29 p.
, Cumulus working papers
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33263ISBN: 978-956-8901-04-2OAI: diva2:707581
Projecting Design 2012 - Global Design Bridge, Santiago, Chile, November 14-17, 2012
Available from: 2014-03-25 Created: 2014-03-25 Last updated: 2016-04-15Bibliographically approved

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