Design2024 Conference Online Pre-workshop: Sustainability in Product Design and Lifecycle Assessment 

14th May 2024, 17:00 - 20:00 EAT (East African Time)



The pre-workshop, co-organized by the Sustainable Design SIG and African-Design Initiative, aims to assess sustainable design considerations within the African context. It provides a platform to deliberate on methods and strategies for sustainable design in resource-constrained environments, fostering mutual learning and exchanging ideas. Participants will explore differences, opportunities, and potential synergies in approaches. Moreover, the workshop intends to formulate an actionable plan and identify international teams capable of executing sustainable design initiatives. Additionally, it seeks to gather insights to initiate the development of a comprehensive plan for reinforcing connections and sharing best practices among stakeholders.


Workshop Agenda:

Part A: Introduction to Workshop Objectives + Sustainable Design SIG & African Design Group​

  • A short update on Sustainable Design SIG - and how to be more involved in the SIG​
  • A short update on the African Design Initiative – and how to be more involved in the SIG​


Part B: Introduction to the sustainability challenges and instructions for scenario-based workshop method​

  • Overview of some sustainability challenges in relation to product development companies and product design (10 min) (Sophie)​
  • Instructions for scenario-based Sustainable Product Development workshop method (10 min) (Sophie)​

Part C: Sustainable Design workshop – using back casting from SPs (inclusive 20 min break)​

  • Introduction to the workshop with video (one product) T-SHIRT (5 min) ​
  • Create groups and start with Ice-breaker (5min)​
  • TO-BE (build a vision of a sustainable product) IN GROUPS (25 min) ​
  • AS-IS (sustainability challenges for all life cycle phases) IN GROUPS (30 min) ​
  • Strategies and actions based on backcasting (ALL IN ONE FORUM) (30 min)​


Part D:  Discussion & Short presentation session ​

  • Discussions in relation to differences in the understanding of sustainable design in various contexts ​


​Part E: Conclusion​

  • Continues discussions and engagements



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