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Design for Sustainability Transitions: Origins, Attitudes and Future Directions

NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group, Department of Design, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland
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Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3601; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133601
Received: 27 May 2019 / Revised: 26 June 2019 / Accepted: 28 June 2019 / Published: 30 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future of Design for Sustainability)
Sustainability transitions have formed a vast body of literature on theory and practice of transforming socio-technical systems to achieve sustainability over the past few decades. Lately, a new area has been emerging in the design for the sustainability field, where sustainability transitions theories are integrated with design theory, education and practice. This emerging area is referred to as design for sustainability transitions or transition design. In order to build an understanding of the emergence and growth of this area, this article presents an overview of origins, development and current status of design for sustainability transitions drawing on key contributions. We also provide a comparative analysis of these key contributions in regards to their theoretical underpinnings, definitions of sustainability, conceptual framings for the roles of design(ers) and premises of methods and applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable design; sustainability transitions; design research; design theory; design practice; transition design; design for sustainability transitions sustainable design; sustainability transitions; design research; design theory; design practice; transition design; design for sustainability transitions
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Gaziulusoy, İ.; Erdoğan Öztekin, E. Design for Sustainability Transitions: Origins, Attitudes and Future Directions. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3601. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133601

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Gaziulusoy İ, Erdoğan Öztekin E. Design for Sustainability Transitions: Origins, Attitudes and Future Directions. Sustainability. 2019; 11(13):3601. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133601

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Gaziulusoy, İdil, and Elif Erdoğan Öztekin. 2019. "Design for Sustainability Transitions: Origins, Attitudes and Future Directions" Sustainability 11, no. 13: 3601. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133601

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