About Sustainability
Design Award

The BeyonDesign Centre’s Sustainability Design Award (SDA) is into its 5th year and has grown from strength to strength. These past couple of years have been particularly challenging, as our world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-term political, economic and social consequences of COVID-19 are continuing to disrupt and transform the world of design as we know it.

Sustainability, in essence, is ensuring what we use, when we use, why we use and how we use everything in our finite world today, doesn’t deplete or destroy the planet we live in. It’s also about establishing real (not perceived) needs of the community, realising solutions that are environmentally friendly in economically viable ways. So it’s very much a design challenge.

When sustainability is applied to design, it should instigate thoughtful designs that fit into the human system well, offers something better than the existing and improve lives without adding to the carnage of degradation of the fragile ecosystems of this world.

It is imperative that Design today is driven by ethical and sustainability principles. The SDA seeks to propagate an attitude of sustainability that will help students to design and behave in a socially responsible manner that embed the right values and deliver significant benefits to business, society and the environment.

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Benny Tan
Senior Manager
BeyonDesign Centre

About BeyonDesign Centre (BDC)

At BDC, we adopt an approach that requires engaging multiple stakeholders right from the start that foster transdisciplinarity to generate knowledge and solutions about sustainability. Within the realm of the design education setting, there are strategic approaches that are stanchions to support our design student's learning needs. One such approach that is becoming increasingly vital to designers are the transdisciplinary collaborative approach to transforming design innovation. This requires several disciplines to come together to work on shared goals for the client. This is achieved through a model of transdisciplinarity where all professionals work in an integrated and connected way using shared goals, harnessing collective sagacity rather than that which is confined to their own discipline. Many social problems are complex and interconnected. They require collaboration and multiple interventions from multiple disciplines. A trans-discipline approach means drawing from multiple disciplines that are outside of design to redefine problems and reach sustainable solutions based on a new understanding of complex issues facing not just designers but their clients. By bringing different perspectives and experiences to the table, we can generate better solutions with better understanding. Staff and students attached to the BDC, are constantly exposed to this method of transdisciplinary collaboration.

Trans-disciplinarity also marks another significant shift in how design is practised, from ‘the designer as decision maker’ to ‘the designer as collaborator and facilitator’.

At BDC, we take such a Trans-discipline, Beyond Design approach to solving multi-layered issues.

Finally, I just want to say a few words about the ethos of the work at BDC and it’s focus on sustainability in design. Sustainable design is the approach to creating products and services that have considered the environmental, social, and economic impacts right from the initial phase through to the end of life.

Strategies and methodologies such as biomimicry, cradle to cradle, product service systems (PSS) models, eco-design strategies, life cycle assessment, eco-efficiency and the waste hierarchy all fit together to support this approach to sustainable design at the BDC.

In short, at BDC, we are champions of Sustainability and provocateurs of collaboration through the Trans and Multi-disciplinary design approach.

About Sustainability
Design Award

The BeyonDesign Centre’s Sustainability Design Award (SDA) is into its 5th year and has grown from strength to strength. These past couple of years have been particularly challenging, as our world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-term political, economic and social consequences of COVID-19 are continuing to disrupt and transform the world of design as we know it.

Sustainability, in essence, is ensuring what we use, when we use, why we use and how we use everything in our finite world today, doesn’t deplete or destroy the planet we live in. It’s also about establishing real (not perceived) needs of the community, realising solutions that are environmentally friendly in economically viable ways. So it’s very much a design challenge.

When sustainability is applied to design, it should instigate thoughtful designs that fit into the human system well, offers something better than the existing and improve lives without adding to the carnage of degradation of the fragile ecosystems of this world.

It is imperative that Design today is driven by ethical and sustainability principles. The SDA seeks to propagate an attitude of sustainability that will help students to design and behave in a socially responsible manner that embed the right values and deliver significant benefits to business, society and the environment.

About the
BeyonDesign Centre

At BDC, we adopt an approach that requires engaging multiple stakeholders right from the start that foster transdisciplinarity to generate knowledge and solutions about sustainability. Within the realm of the design education setting, there are strategic approaches that are stanchions to support our design student's learning needs. One such approach that is becoming increasingly vital to designers are the transdisciplinary collaborative approach to transforming design innovation. This requires several disciplines to come together to work on shared goals for the client. This is achieved through a model of transdisciplinarity where all professionals work in an integrated and connected way using shared goals, harnessing collective sagacity rather than that which is confined to their own discipline. Many social problems are complex and interconnected. They require collaboration and multiple interventions from multiple disciplines. A trans-discipline approach means drawing from multiple disciplines that are outside of design to redefine problems and reach sustainable solutions based on a new understanding of complex issues facing not just designers but their clients. By bringing different perspectives and experiences to the table, we can generate better solutions with better understanding. Staff and students attached to the BDC, are constantly exposed to this method of transdisciplinary collaboration.

Trans-disciplinarity also marks another significant shift in how design is practised, from ‘the designer as decision maker’ to ‘the designer as collaborator and facilitator’.

At BDC, we take such a Trans-discipline, Beyond Design approach to solving multi-layered issues.

Finally, I just want to say a few words about the ethos of the work at BDC and it’s focus on sustainability in design. Sustainable design is the approach to creating products and services that have considered the environmental, social, and economic impacts right from the initial phase through to the end of life.

Strategies and methodologies such as biomimicry, cradle to cradle, product service systems (PSS) models, eco-design strategies, life cycle assessment, eco-efficiency and the waste hierarchy all fit together to support this approach to sustainable design at the BDC.

In short, at BDC, we are champions of Sustainability and provocateurs of collaboration through the Trans and Multi-disciplinary design approach.

Benny Tan
Senior Manager
BeyonDesign Centre