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Sustainable Materials for Design

ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
40 hours
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available

Program description

Sustainable Materials for Design

In the domain of design and industrial practices, materials are gaining ever more relevance as important drivers for product development and innovation, more specifically in promoting a more sustainable future and empower circular economies.

A circular economy begins when the life of a product does it so. Both the design phase and the production processes have an impact on the supply, the use of resources and the generation of waste throughout the life of a product. This circular design approach can make products more durable or easier to repair, upgrade or remanufacture. It can help people who recycle to disassemble products to recover valuable materials and components. In general, this focus can help saving precious resources. The circular design implies service design, product design and also material design. Most materials have an infinite life cycle. They can be reused, reshaped and redesigned with a new purpose. By taking advantage of the unexplored potential of the materials, we can implement social, economic, environmental and political changes through an intersectoral approach.

Program content

This course of Summer School is carried out at Elisava clasrooms and laboratories, together with Materials capsules visits to the Material Narratives exposition (within Elisava) and to DIY Materials Processing Labs.

The programme consists in 3 blocks:

Materials for design Foundations: Understanding the historical overview and current state-of-the-art in the world of materials, including materials for circular economies.

  • Materials foundations: Overview of materials families and their characteristics. Circular materials foundations: glossary of materials for circular design, case studies, sourcing and materials processing.
  • Materials Capsules sessions at Material Narratives, with access to physical samples exploration, wherein materials may be tested, touched, weighed analyzed and witnessed from a physical point of view.

Hands-on project development: Materials Experimentation in the Laboratory: hands-on development of waste-driven materials Sustainability and industrial impact of materials for circular design.

Communication of the project: Surface design lab: art direction and colour & trim finishings of your project Development of sector market positioning and application Development of visual communication of the Circular materials design project.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Total cost of tuition: €840

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ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

ELISAVA, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, promotes education, knowledge and research in the fields of design, engineering and communication. With more than 50 years of experience, it has trained more than 17,000 students and it has established itself as...

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Why study at ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

If you want to study engineering or design, this is your home.

Of course, you're not just going to study here... you're going to discover theories and tendencies, you're going to question pre-established ideas, you're going to experience new ways and build alternatives. We will give you the best tools to achieve it; your creative energy sets the pace.

You are our present and the future. We want to empower your abilities, lead you and connect you with the professional environment to enable your dreams so that they come true. We believe in a better world and we believe we can transform it. We're ready.

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ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

La Rambla 30-32
08002 Barcelona Catalonia

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