Social design: towards a more responsible lifestyle
09 / 12 / 2019
The current rate of consumption puts the planet at a limit in terms of resource depletion and waste disposal. Scientists have been alerting that the situation is reaching a point of no return, affecting all living creatures and the planet itself on several fronts: climate change, natural disasters, displacement of entire populations, air pollution, invasion of waste dumped into the rivers and the sea, forest fires that will destroy the forest mass, unsustainable crops… and all those effects we already know about. The situation poses different challenges that designers, architects and engineers can and should meet by means of innovation and creativity. Politics will follow its path, but it is unquestionable that design can greatly contribute to adopting more equitable, responsible and supportive lifestyles
Portable ultrasound scanners for isolated communities with little access to health centers, lamps that generate light with no electricity, sustainable fashion based on fair trade, rolling water jerrycans, edible drinking straws, ethical jewelry… the number of fields in which social design can thrive is enormous.
Architecture also faces an important challenge: how to raise more self-sufficient buildings that generate less waste during the construction process. From using wood as a construction material, a sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, or the reuse of shipping containers as homes to the cladding of facades that capture sunlight to generate energy and reduce the consumption inside the building, or the construction of shelters for the climatic displaced, architecture does not stop evolving to contribute to a healthier planet.
In conclusion, social design is focused on the social responsibility of the designer and the project that is carried out, in which much more than profit is sought. It is design by and for people. It seeks to meet needs, solve problems and contribute to social wellbeing.
The planet needs a change of attitude from all of us, but perhaps it is the community of designers that is best positioned to lead this change. Innovation and creativity are the base of everything.
That is why we ask you to meet this challenge. Are you ready to redefine the way you design and opt for this model full of risks but also offering plenty of opportunities?