Sustaining Sustainable Design Through Systemic Thinking

Cesar Cardenas
Department of Mechatronics Tecnologico de Monterrey
500, Epigmenio Gonzalez, San Pablo 76158, Queretaro Mexico
E-mail: ccardena@itesm.mx

Ricardo Sosa, Raul Moysen, Victor Martinez
Department of Industrial Design Tecnologico de Monterrey
500, Epigmenio Gonzalez, San Pablo 76158, Queretaro Mexico
E-mail: rdsosam@itesm.mx, lrmoysen@itesm.mx, vgmartin@itesm.mx

Abstract:
We believe that in order to ensure a sustainable future, the design of our built environment should be based on systemic thinking. A radical transformation is required in how we educate future designers. This paper proposes a systemic thinking framework that can be applied to assess the impact of innovative educational interventions. Results are presented from a study aimed at understanding the types of attitudes and skills that are necessary to reformulate unsustainable design practices. The authors identify a set of insights related to the evaluation of systemic thinking, its development, and its enactment in design practice.

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