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Design for Sustainability II (EPFL)

  • Enseignant(s):   M.Laperrouza   M.Aeberli  
  • Titre en français: Conception pour la durabilité - II - EPFL
  • Cours donné en: anglais
  • Crédits ECTS: 3 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre de printemps 2022-2023, 3.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
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  • Formation concernée: Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en systèmes d'information
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This course explores and practices some of the fundamental tools of designing for sustainability with a focus on the sustainability, desirability, and economic viability of solutions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Apply an iterative prototyping approach to test the sustainability, desirability, economic viability of a project
  • Develop an innovative and sustainable project through ideation techniques
  • Estimate the potential impact of a sustainability-driven project

Transversal skills

  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines


See the full description in the autumn semester course Design for sustainability - I - EPFL.

During the spring semester, sessions are devoted to the prototyping of a solution through a project-based approach.

Lecturers provide guidance on semester projects on a regular basis.

Teams will be made up of engineers (EPFL), (ECAL) and social scientists (UNIL).

As part of the TILT program, some of the course sessions will be given in the form of workshops aimed at strengthening professional competences (communication, interdisciplinary work, open-ended problem solving, project management, etc.). Students will be asked to keep a logbook as a basis for their individual reflexive note.

Expected student activities

  • Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Attend regularly project consultations
  • Design an intervention through prototyping
  • Document and valorize the processes of designing for sustainability


  • Ceschin, F., & Gaziulusoy, I. d. (2020). Design for sustainability : a multi-level framework from products to socio-technical systems. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Manzini, E. (2015). Design, when everybody designs : an introduction to design for social innovation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
  • Papanek, V. J. (1972). Design for the real world; human ecology and social change. New York,: Pantheon Books.
  • Thompson, P. B., & Norris, P. E. (2021). Sustainability : what everyone needs to know. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Verganti, R. (2016). Overcrowded : designing meaningful products in a world awash with ideas. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
  • Wizinsky, M. (2022). Design after capitalism : transforming design today for an equitable tomorrow. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.


This course is only open to students who have followed the Fall semester (Design for sustainability - I - EPFL). Registration for this course/exam should be made by March 1, 2023 (at the latest) through


1ère tentative

Sans examen (cf. modalités)  
  • Project and documentation: 80% (groupwork)
  • Reflexive note: 20% (individual)


Sans examen (cf. modalités)  

Written report

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