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2012 Humanities Symposium : DR. CARMELA CUCUZZELLA Concordia Unviersity, Université de Montréal “Design Thinking and the Precautionary Principle: Conceptualizing and Judging Sustainability”

Thursday, February 02, 2012
08:30 to 10:00

 In the prevalent demand for a sustainable development, the main objective of this paper is to highlight the limits of current evaluation practices for sustainability, the relevance of the precautionary principle as a complement to address some of these limits. This paper will also contextualize current forms of sustainability evaluation tools (which are primarily preventive) within design thinking in order to articulate and highlight their limited perspective and application for design for sustainability. With the increasing international emphasis on standard evaluation tools or methods for addressing concerns related to sustainability, there are serious concerns that these may present increasing tensions between design exploration and critique. A reflective distance is necessary, otherwise society may fall into a mode where the authoritative presence and strict reliance on predictive tools will be the driving force of our future instead of the responsible intentions of designers.

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