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Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal





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Common Ground Publishing

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In this paper we discuss first, the nature of the mechanical world view and the crisis it has produced. Second we discuss the concept of sustainable design and the changes necessary to implement it. Ultimately we embed our principles in a document we call The Berlin Manifesto. We do this in part because we developed this manifesto for and at the Third International Conference on Design Principles and Practices which was held in Berlin in February 2009. But it is entirely appropriate to designate it The Berlin Manifesto because Berlin was the final home of the Bauhaus. The Staatliches Bauhaus was the early 20th century school that transformed the practice of design as an extension of technology and mass production. Its mechanical worldview ethic and industrial esthetics have been adopted worldwide, especially in architecture, with significant detrimental environmental effects. We believe that ideas and design can change individuals and institutions. The Berlin Manifesto, generated through an international collaboration, establishes design principles for a new age. Designers must now transform design practice. It is the sustainable transformations of the built environment and the designed object, incorporated into daily life, that will support the change of culture.


Sustainable Design, Sustainability, Social Change, Built Environment, Worldview, Manifesto, Bauhaus


Architectural History and Criticism | Environmental Design | Environmental Policy | Peace and Conflict Studies | Place and Environment | Sociology | Sustainability | Theory, Knowledge and Science