Environmental issues are at the center of the global agenda. The development dynamics of contemporary society is not compatible with the capacity to generate resources on the planet. This requires a reorientation of production models and current patterns of consumption.
With regard to this theme, the World Commission on Environment and Development, indicates the need to include environmental issues in decision-making processes within the political and developmental framework of society.
On this point, when taking into account studies by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), which indicates that about 80% of the environmental cost of a product, service or system is generated in the design phase. This demonstrates the importance of design education with a sustainable approach. However, it is not possible to say that this approach is being done properly.
It is from this premise that this work tries to investigate how the Brazilian higher education institutions, compared to foreign, deal with the environmental problems in their graduation courses in design, how the content are thinked for this purpose, how the students absorb and apply this content, and finally, how the graduates of these institutions experience this approach in practice.
Universidade de São Paulo
sao paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos is a philosopher and full professor of Design and Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of University of São Paulo. She got her MSc and her Ph.D. at University of São Paulo, Philosophy, in Aesthetics. She was a visiting scholar in postdoctoral programs at several universities. Her current research focuses on waste, social design, homelessness, recyclable waste pickers and social empowerment.