Welcome to Green Leap

Green Leap is a research group in design and sustainable development. Our goal is to act as a catalyst for change by involving design in sustainable development. Central to our research approach is to use design methods as a creative and user-centered tool for innovation and transitions. As a part of our design research approach we create prototypes, design interventions, living labs or exhibitions as well as academic papers. These materialisations are directed towards stakeholders in order to receive feedback, start discussions, increase reliability and encourage sustainable innovation.

The group is led by Sara Ilstedt , professor in product and service design together with Teo Enlund , senior project manager and previously professor in industrial design at Konstfack.

New Thesis: Designing for Sustainability

Mia Hesselgren has defended her thesis Designing for Sustainability: RE-DO Design Doings, Strategies and Postures. In her thesis she presents alternative approaches to design as a practice needed when designing to enable for more people to choose to act more sustainably.

Read Abstract here

A Car-Free Year as film

There are now two short movies (with English subtitles) about the project A Car-Free Year, where we kidnapped the car from three families with kids in Stockholm and replaced them with light electric vehicles. On the page there is also an English summary.

Dissertation on Norm-Critical Design

Karin Erhnberger from Green Leap has defended her doctoral thesis on norm-critical design. Karin has been researching the relationship between norms, form giving and sensemaking. She introduces the discursive design thing as a tool to visualize norms and to create discussion.

Prototyping the Future

Together with Veryday Design we have created a visualisation of what the future in a sustainable society might look like.