Eco-innovation and advanced cad within an industry+academia+consultancy collaboration: An integrative id studio case study in the Australian context

Carlos Montana Hoyos, Eddi Pianca, Stephen Trathen

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Abstract

This paper discusses an "industry+academia+consultancy" collaboration between Australian electric appliance manufacturer Breville, the 3 rd year industrial design studio of the University of Canberra (UC) and Eco-Innovators, an eco-design consultancy office. Initially, the paper describes the thinking and planning process for this studio, planned with the aim of fulfilling the diverse needs of academia, industry and the consultancy within a collaboration which should be beneficial for all stakeholders. Main aspects of this initial stage are course curriculum change, the selection of the projects and diverse evaluation criteria within the different aims of the three institutions. Subsequently, the unit outline, design brief and projects are briefly described. Afterwards, some concrete examples developed by the students are used to illustrate tangible outcomes of the collaboration. Finally, the paper evaluates the whole experience, highlighting aspects that worked as well as aspects that could be improved for the future, within the framework of action research in design education. Main conclusions of the paper describe the benefits for each of the stakeholders, which in summary were: 1) providing a broad array of innovative ideas for industry, 2) an integrated teaching of eco-innovation and advanced CAD within a real-life-project context for the design students, and 3) a trial test and evaluation of some of the educational material developed by the consultancy. This paper is useful for design educators, industry, consultancies and many of the diverse stakeholders related to new product design and innovation as it provides concrete example of possible collaborations between multiple institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring design for dynamic use
Subtitle of host publicationDS 69: Proceedings of E&PDE 2011, the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, London, UK, 08.-09.09.2011
EditorsAhmed Kovacevic, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Lyndon Buck, Peter Hogarth
Place of PublicationScotland
PublisherThe Design Society
Pages597-602
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781904670339
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2011 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 20119 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period8/09/119/09/11

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