Towards a sustainability-centred design curriculum in civil engineering
Froese, Thomas M.
Bristow, David N.
University College Cork
To improve the green engineering and active learning of the civil engineering program at the University of Victoria, Canada, we are developing a design spine: a series of courses running throughout the program with major design activities based on a sustainability-centred design approach. This paper describes our design spine approach and presents a conceptual framework for sustainability-centred design that we are developing. The framework organizes both the subjects of design and of sustainability into four high-level categories: 1) foundations, 2) frameworks, 3) tools and techniques, and 4) application areas. We have piloted the design spine approach in a second year course on sustainability.
Engineering education , Sustainable development , Sustainability , Design , Sustainability-centred design , Design spine , Civil engineering
Froese, T. M., Bristow, D. N. and Rankin, K. (2021) ‘Towards a sustainability-centred design curriculum in civil engineering, EESD2021: Proceedings of the 10th Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference, 'Building Flourishing Communities', University College Cork, Ireland, 14-16 June.