Sustainable Development: Sustainable Development And Sustainable Design

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Introduction The term ‘sustainable development’ and ‘sustainable design’ were first introduced during the turn of 21st century. It was during this period of time where scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and designers have come together to acknowledge that the world’s resources are not imperishable. The word ‘sustainable’ was derived from the Latin word sustinere, which means to hold up or endure. Thus, sustainability can be defined as the ability to improve the quality of human life while maintaining the well being of the environment. The need of sustainable development was addressed as the consideration for future generations arises. When Industrial Revolution took off, it changes the manufacturing and consumption habit. However, after…show more content…
It was during this period of time where scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and designers have come together to acknowledge that the world’s resources are not imperishable. The word ‘sustainable’ was derived from the Latin word sustinere, which means to hold up or endure. Thus, sustainability can be defined as the ability to improve the quality of human life while maintaining the well being of the environment. The need of sustainable development was addressed as the consideration for future generations arises. When Industrial Revolution took off, it changes the manufacturing and consumption habit. However, after a couple of century follows, it is time to put more weight on resources and material conservation. After all, economic and ecological sustainability go hand in hand. It has become our responsibility to attend to the issue of “environmental crisis” to create a better…show more content…
It started as a nameless awareness that was raised by educators in the early 1970s. It was at this time, a century and a half after the Industrial Revolution, that people started analyzing the concept of design, human ecology and social changes. In 1973, Papanek discussed that in an age of mass-production, where everything must be planned and designed, design has become the most powerful tool with which man shapes his tools and environment (and by extension, society and himself). However, the true nature of sustainability encompasses a wider range of issue than just the design itself. Factors of policies and strategies, along with technical and psychological aspects have to come in to contribute or limit the leap of sustainable development. (Klein and Phillips, 2002, p.9) Hong Kong is one of the more globally exposed communities in the world. The government and the people have been working towards sustainable community from early 2000s (Council of Sustainable Development, 2004). In fact, Hong Kong government has been spending 1 billion HKD each year to encourage and promote the awareness of green society since 2008 (Environmental Protection Department, 2009). Consequently, there has been constant policies proposal and implementation done by the government. It is apprehensible that the governmental and population body is well versed with sustainable
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