Technical session – Scientific article presentation and live debate
Scientific articles for this session
 Training design students through a behaviour life prediction game simulation
Viviane Gallindo, Arlindo Silva and Abinaya N.
So far, during human evolution, we (humans) have been going against nature instead of adapting and evolving with it and in this aspect Covid-19 outbreak has been a humbling experience. Many so-called solutions are designed without considering or evaluating the negative consequences that we are all facing nowadays and that are going to get worse over time if changes are not made. We claim that designers have the responsibility of stepping up human evolution as our role in this Material Realm (Margolin, 2002). For that, we propose the concept of a simulation game (Second Planet) that aims to shape design students’ actions towards solutions that will improve human evolution. As a simulation, students would be able to prototype, test and implement their solutions in the Second Planet where the consequences of their solutions could be analyzed from societal, environmental and ethical dimensions without causing harm in the real world. A tool to promote a change in the student’s behavior towards the implementation of social responsibility in Design. An initial idea of this game proposal was presented at the Responsible Innovation event in March 2021 as part of the Responsible Innovation (United Nations) and received with enthusiasm (Annex 1).
 Sustainable services and initiatives in Japanese and Australian convenience stores
Mariano Ramirez and Edilson Shindi Ueda
Responding to the lack of academic literature about sustainable services in convenience stores, this preliminary study explores the current situation for sustainable services and initiatives among convenience stores in Japan and Australia. More specifically, the paper explores the potentials for enabling collaborative consumption and product-service systems in convenience retailing spaces.
 Interpreting social and cultural sustainability for housing
Kratika Piparsania and Pratul Kalita
The foundation of sustainable development is on three dimensions: economic, social, and environmental. Over the years, the impact of built cultural heritage also recognizes as an essential dimension in sustainable development. India has developed a well-recognized policy database and reforms to cater to the need for sustainability. Existing policies and guidelines primarily focus on environmental and economic conditions. Being deeply rooted in culture and traditions, India has a strong inclination towards social and cultural values. The paper talks about the role of social and cultural sustainability for housing in India. The article reviews the housing and energy sector’s policy landscape and other reforms that drive them, with an extensive literature review on these indicators. The paper suggests social and cultural indicators that integrate into the current housing needs and are part of policy and assessment methods.