Sustainable Design Re-examined: Integrated Approach to Knowledge Creation for Sustainable Interior Design


  • Young S. Lee

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    1. Assistant Professor of Interior Design in the School of Planning, Design & Construction at Michigan State University, USA.
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The article focuses on a systematic approach to the instructional framework to incorporate three aspects of sustainable design. It also aims to provide an instruction model for sustainable design stressing a collective effort to advance knowledge creation as a community. It develops a framework conjoining the concept of integrated process in sustainable building practice and the learning as knowledge creation theory. It presents a case study where the framework was applied to a project emphasising the role of interior design in downtown rehabilitation by addressing economy, community and environment collectively. The integrated process involving various stakeholders for sustainable solutions is a collective effort to teach sustainable design as a knowledge creating community and sustaining knowledge advancement in society.