Sustainable Design









Give car-free life a try: Designing seeds for changed practices

Mia Hesselgren, Hanna Hasselqvist

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Keywords: sustainable design, practice-oriented design, service design, collaborative design


For sustainable practices to emerge, they have to be tried out. In the design intervention A Car-free Year, we studied the particularities of three families’ changed practices. With a collaborative mind-set, the practices’ constituting elements were analysed, and their intertwined links followed, forming possible design concepts. When designing these seeds for changed practices, we have found, through the knowledge gained from the participants’ different perspectives, possibilities to design initiatives that could enable more people to live car-free. We believe that designing enabling ecosystems, where all types of elements encourage sustainable practices, can be an important role of sustainable design. Furthermore, design research can challenge existing societal norms, as clearly revealed in this project, and consequently inspire more people to make sustainable lifestyle choices.

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Cite this paper: Hesselgren, M., Hasselqvist, H. (2016) Give Car-Free Life a Try: Designing Seeds For Changed Practices. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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