Sustainable design education in the twenty-first century: Reconceptualizing course content and pedagogy

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This paper describes an approach to course design for professional Interior Design undergraduate students that responds to the challenges and opportunities emerging designers face as they move further into the 21st century. Merging expanded course content with innovative instructional methods attempts to emulate the dynamic and complementary relationship between the natural and constructed environments, and acknowledges the urgent need to fully integrate a sustainable design pedagogy in higher education design courses and curricula. Doing so creates a learning environment where students expand their knowledge base and develop a responsive design ethic that can be applied and tested in course assignments, design problems and creative activities. This approach advances a process for synthesizing traditionally disparate course content with new content and significant learning methods as a means to foster a paradigm shift in the way we live, learn, design, and make.

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International Journal of Sustainability Education

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