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Design for Sustainability: Design Victoria

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 18th, 2010

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Sustainable Consumption: Design for Disassembly

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on February 5th, 2010

Source: Core 77

Image: Core 77

From “Afterlife: an essential guide to design for disassembly“, by Alex Diener

What is Design for Disassembly?

Design for Disassembly (DfD) is a design strategy that considers the future need to disassemble a product for repair, refurbish or recycle. Will a product need to be repaired? Which parts will need replacement? Who will repair it? How can the experience be simple and intuitive? Can the product be reclaimed, refurbished, and resold? If it must be discarded, how can we facilitate its disassembly into easily recyclable components? By responding to questions like these, the DfD method increases the effectiveness of a product both during and after its life.

Where did Design for Disassembly come from?

Our ancient tools, meticulously crafted from natural materials and intended for repair and reuse, are perhaps the earliest example of DfD. During the 1950’s rise of consumerism, fueled by mass production methods, cheap labor, and design fashion, disposability became the norm. Over time, the waste created by planned obsolescence and a throw-away culture was exposed. Organizations studied the negative impacts of toxins found in our product waste and governments began to regulate. In 2004, the European Union passed the landmark WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive, placing the responsibility of disposing electronic products with their manufacturers. This tectonic shift was recognized as a sign of things to come by global manufacturers, driving interest in the DfD strategy.

How do I Design for Disassembly?

Given environmental and cost constraints, our challenge is as much product de-creation as it is creation. And DfD strategies are applied throughout the entire design cycle; designers will need to educate the team, discover waste, set goals, create solutions, and then monitor results through production, release, use, and end-of-life.

Read the full article for more information including:

Pre-Design: Organizational Education + Buy-In

Pre-Design: Research the Recycling Stream

Design: Set goals + Project Planning

Design: Research Materials + Processes

Design: Create DfD Concepts


Models of change – Launching the Meals in Metropolis exhibition at Docklands!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on October 10th, 2008

In 2008 RMIT University introduced an elective called “Meals in Metropolis”. This subject explored the variety and breadth of urban agriculture models in Melbourne, Australia. Students were asked to conduct field research in specific food production and distribution examples and then redesign these systems to incorporate greater social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability outcomes. The Meals in Metropolis exhibition illustrates a selection of the outcomes of this course and reveals that our food future may not be so bleak after all…
Where: The Hub, 17 Waterview Walk, Docklands (near the corner of Bourke Street and Harbour Esplanade – look for the giant rabbit sculpture) Melway reference: 2E H7
When: 13 October to 21 November 200
To view images of this work online click here.
For more information about this event
contact Ferne Edwards, or (03) 89344 9268

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Dhiren Bhagwandas and Justin Hutchinson, Sustainable Cities Round Table, 24 September 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on October 9th, 2008

Dhiren Bhagwandas and Justin Hutchinson, Industrial Designers, spoke about their project, “Before and After” at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Waste Not Want Not. Their work provides new perspectives on discarded objects from industrial design. They “repurpose discarded objects and underutilised spaces into works of beauty and value, serving to promote responsible consumption, support social change and transform perceptions of waste”. To view their presentation please see below.