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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

System Design for Sustainability

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and NPTEL via Swayam


Design for Sustainability is a design thinking process for widening the boundaries of the objective of design so as to contribute positively to sustainable development. It encompasses four approaches: 1. Selection of resources with low environmental impact; 2. Design of products with low environmental impact; 3. Product-Service System Design for eco-efficiency; 4. Design for social equity and cohesion. This course will discuss these Design approaches, methods and tools alongwith case examplesINTENDED AUDIENCE: Bdes (final year) and Mdes studentsPREREQUISITES: Prefered courses but not mandatory - System DesignINDUSTRY SUPPORT: Product/ Industrial Design and Manufacturing Companies System Design and R&D Industry Strategic Design Groups of Industry Industries interested in Sustainability


Week 1: Basics - What is sustainability, sustainable development and why do we need it?Week 2: Basics - Evolution of sustainability within DesignWeek 3: Product Life Cycle Design – Methods & StrategiesWeek 4: Product Life Cycle Design – Software ToolsWeek 5: Sustainable Product-Service System Design – Definition, Types & ExamplesWeek 6: Sustainable Product-Service System – Transition Path and ChallengesWeek 7: Designing for Sustainable Product-Service System – Methods and ToolsWeek 8: Designing for Sustainable Product-Service System – Methods and ToolsWeek 9: Designing for Sustainable Product-Service System – Methods and ToolsWeek 10: Other Design for Sustainability Tools and approachesWeek 11:Design for Sustainability – Engineering Design Criteria and GuidelinesWeek 12:Summary - Connecting the threads

Taught by

Prof.Sharmistha Banerjee


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