Learning Interprofessional Design Practice in Creative Sustainability
Platforms of Co-Creation
Sustainable development as an interprofessional
context for design and planning challenges not only the conventional roles and
expertise, but also the understanding on sustainability itself. When introduced
into the contemporary academic context, this interplay extends gradually also
to everyday practices in learning, teaching and management, and calls for
further reflection on how the roles and activities are set to support it.
However, if properly conceived, such new area of interaction can act as a
powerful mechanism to renew academic and professional practice.
This book studies the initiation and implementation of
Creative Sustainability: a new interprofessional Master’s degree program in
Aalto University, Finland. By focusing into the first five years of operation
(2010–2015), this research identifies three phases in activities — of priming, implementation and
experiencing — that
need to be connected together in a transparent and iterative circle. As
analytic components, these phases can be of help in identifying and overcoming
conflicts in the interaction and management of interprofessional study programs
in design for sustainability.