A practice oriented approach to user centered sustainable design

Lenneke Kuijer, Annelise De Jong

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This paper describes a method for insight generation for sustainable innovations. The method takes a practice oriented approach aiming for product ideas for practice level innovations. The method was applied in a case study
on the practice of bathing. Insights on sustainable bathing innovations were gathered during a two-week period in which sixteen participants were asked to create and execute their own experiment for less resource intensive ways of bathing at home. In a group session these insights were translated into product ideas. It was concluded that it is indeed possible to generate product ideas with a practice oriented approach. The experiments in the home context helped the participants to come up with practice level bathing innovations. As predicted,
they turned out to have potential to yield strong reductions in resource consumption and compete with the currently dominant practice of daily showering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing, 7-9 December 2009, Sapporo, Japan
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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