Sustainable Design









Designing for Sustainable Transition through Value Sensitive Design

Luisa Sze-man Mok, Sampsa Hyysalo, Jenni Väänänen

Aalto University

Keywords: Strategic design, Sustainable transition, Design visualization, Value Sensitive Design


Designers can do much for a more sustainable future. Sustainability transitions research and empirical assessment of its course in a specific context can be used to identify a relevant space-time for different design initiatives. We explore this reasoning in advancing solar photovoltaics in the existing housing stock, where a loss of aesthetic qualities and the heritage value of buildings may curb where solar arrays can be sited. By using the Value Sensitive Design framework we illustrate how a working compromise among the seemingly conflicting values involved can be found. The value mix used and the resulting concept informs solar proponents in siting solar in culturally sensitive ways and shows the heritage constituency that solar technology does not categorically mean a misfit with cultural heritage.

This paper is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence.

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Cite this paper: Sze-man Mok, L., Hyysalo, S., Väänänen, J. (2016) Designing for Sustainable Transition through Value Sensitive Design. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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