The Symposium

The International Symposium on Sustainable Design (ISSD) and the Brazilian Symposium on Sustainable Design (SBDS) have been held every two years, since 2007, and together are among the most important scientific events of South America in the area.

The first event occurred in 2007, in Curitiba; the second happened in 2009, in São Paulo; and the third, in 2011, in Recife.

The fourth edition, to be held in Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), from November 12th to 14th, 2013, proposes the overall theme “The Unbearable Lightness of Having“.  In order to focus on issues related to consumption, important roles of design will be approached, ranging from competitiveness, with the challenges of globalized business, to its material cultural aspect in contemporary societies.

Ownership has stood for development in societies for many centuries. However, in the future, it can pose a threat: is it possible to reconcile desire and enjoyment with everyone’s rights?

Four subthemes derived from this topic are proposed for this event:

  • Design culture for sustainability – exploring design’s theoretical and methodological contributions  for sustainable development;
  • Design and culture for sustainability – addressing the challenges implied in the sustainable development for design;
  • Design and sustainable consumption – focus on designers’ proposals for a more sustainable consumption;
  • Sustainability and consumption of design  – proposing a reflective consumption of design objects facing the challenges of sustainability.

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