Sustainability and industrial design education: the case of the department of industrial design at METU, Turkey

Tural, Senem
Problems that the earth has faced with such as the depletion of natural resources, contamination of water, air and land, extension of species, and the global warming have brought up the sustainable development to the agenda. This state of affairs has elicited the undeniable role of industrial design activity on the sustainable development; sustainability has become an important concern of industrial design education. The purpose of this study is to determine the state of sustainable design education in the undergraduate industrial design programs in Turkey – especially in the Department of Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University (METU) – by exploring the relation between industrial design education and the concept of sustainability with regard to the examples from all around the world. With reference to the arguments collected by the literature review study and findings of the field study about the opinions of industrial design students and educators, suggestions will be made on how sustainability can be integrated in the curricula of the undergraduate industrial design programs in Turkey.


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Citation Formats
S. Tural, “Sustainability and industrial design education: the case of the department of industrial design at METU, Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.