Sustainable Transition

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What. The chapter addresses designing for sustainability as interventions in socio-technical systems and social practices of users and communities. It calls for reflexive design practices challenging dominant regimes and shaping alternative design spaces. The specific case is the reconfiguration of agendas/vision, technologies, actors and institutions in the emergent design of an urban mobility system based on an electric car sharing system.
Why. Designing for sustainability is a fundamental challenge for future design practices; designers have to obtain an ability to contribute to sustainable transition processes.
Where. Addresses design processes aimed at sustainable transition enacted in complex social settings, socio-technical systems involving many different actors and agendas.
How. The chapter outlines a conceptual and analytic framework for a reflexive design practice for sustainability including the perspective of structural changes (transition of socio-technical systems and social practices) and Design as metadesign; an reflexivity on contextual framework of the design practice (regimes/design spaces).
Translated title of the contributionBæredygtig omstilling
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSituated Design Methods
EditorsJesper Simonsen, Connie Svabo, Sara Malou Strandvad, Kristine Samson, Morten Herzum, Ole Erik Hansen
Number of pages21
Place of PublicationCambridge, Massachusetts
PublisherMIT Press
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)978-0-262-02763-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
SeriesDesign thinking, design theory


  • design
  • Bæredygtig omstilling
  • socio-technical change
  • metadesign
  • design space
  • Electric cars
  • Urban mobility system

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