The Capability Approach: Theoretical Discussion in Light of a Design Project

DS 78: Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14), Design Education and Human Technology Relations, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 04-05.09.2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Author: Grande, Julie; Fladvad Nielsen, Brita
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Department of Product Design, NTNU, Norway
Section: Design Education in Practice
Page(s): 432-436
ISBN: 978-1-904670-56-8


Technological solutions can play a vital part in promoting development. This article will discuss the potential of using the capability approach in the practical design work, based on field study of energy solutions for refugees in eastern Ethiopia. Extensive literature discusses capability approach in disciplines ranging from philosophy to economics. In technological studies research is conducted in a totally different manner. This article is a contribution to the understanding of how the capability approach can be applied in a practically in design.

Keywords: Capability Approach, Design for development, Social Design, Design Methodology


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