Sustainable Design









Mixing up everyday life - uncovering sufficiency practices through designerly tools

Miriam Lahusen, Susanne Ritzmann, Florian Sametinger, Gesche Joost, Lars-Arvid Brischke

Berlin University of the Arts, HMKW University of Applied Sciences, FEU Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Keywords: Design Methods, Sufficiency, Practice, Design Research


Sustainability and its subsequent transformations are a global challenge. In this paper, the focus lies on demonstrating a way to break down these global issues into its micro-elements which can be dealt with in the individual’s private sphere. Everyday life has always been where practices and its inherent conflicts between ‹rational and irrational› can be rooted. Design can provide the tools to make the familiar visible and the intuitive communicable through questioning the ‹normal› and offering alternative scenarios. We add to this, that a mixture of participatory and qualitative methods can guide an investigation, producing an array of multi-faceted information. Our aim in this examination is to provide an understanding of the potentials for a possible transformation towards a sufficient way of life and the restrictions stemming from subjective, situational criteria of the individual.

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Cite this paper: Lahusen, M., Ritzmann, S., Sametinger, F., Joost, G., Brischke, L. (2016) Mixing Up Everyday Life - Uncovering Sufficiency Practices Through Designerly Tools. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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