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Mariano Ramirez   Dr.  Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Mariano Ramirez published an article in October 2014.
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Damien Giurco

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Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Johannes Behrisch

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Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Level 11, UTS Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Commitments of University Leaders to the Talloires Declaration: Are They Evidenced in Industrial Design Teaching and Lea... Mariano Ramirez Published: 10 October 2014
World Sustainability Series, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-10690-8_16
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Article 0 Reads 4 Citations Macadamia (Macadamia integrifolia) shell and castor (Rícinos communis) oil based sustainable particleboard: A comparison... A. Wechsler, M. Zaharia, A. Crosky, H. Jones, Mariano Ramire... Published: 01 September 2013
Materials & Design, doi: 10.1016/j.matdes.2013.03.008
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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Sustainability consideration amongst award-winning industrial design graduation projects in Australia Mariano Ramírez Published: 01 January 2012
Design for Innovative Value Towards a Sustainable Society, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-3010-6_190
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Representation of Ecodesign Practice: International Comparison of Industrial Design Consultancies Johannes Behrisch, Mariano Ramírez, Damien Giurco Published: 10 October 2011
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su3101778
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Ecodesign offers significant potential to reduce the environmental impacts of products. Whilst some integration of environmental considerations into design occurs in progressive companies when engineering the product, this only represents a small share of the possible design interventions to improve the environmental performance of products. For example, developing new product concepts to fulfill needs in a less environmentally harmful way and considering user related aspects offers a large, currently under-realized potential. This paper identifies industrial design (ID) consultancies as potential agents to tackle this issue on a strategic and operational basis. The extent to which this potential is currently applied was assessed by conducting a content analysis of websites of ID consultancies in Australia, China, and Germany. How ID consultancies represent their ecodesign practice is country-specific. Despite the differences, some ID consultancies in all countries announce and/or show the capability to develop completely new concepts and to influence user related factors to improve environmental performance. This shows their potential to address current shortcomings in ecodesign practice. As ID consultancies embracing that potential still are a minority, further research should be directed to a deeper examination of barriers and stimuli for ID consultancies to take up ecodesign.
Article 0 Reads 7 Citations Cultural patterns in product design ideas: comparisons between Australian and Iranian student concepts Mohammad Razzaghi, Mariano Ramírez, Robert Zehner Published: 01 July 2009
Design Studies, doi: 10.1016/j.destud.2008.11.006
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Article 6 Reads 13 Citations Sustainability in the education of industrial designers: the case for Australia Mariano Ramirez Published: 01 April 2006
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, doi: 10.1108/14676370610655959
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CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 3 Reads 0 Citations Award-winning Industrial Design Products: are They Also Sustainable? Mariano Ramirez Published: 29 October 2012
doi: 10.3390/wsf2-00895
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Every year, international design award giving bodies announce the winners of their design competitions, celebrating and promoting them to the public as exemplars of "good design" or "design excellence". Winners are commended on the basis of innovation, form, function, quality, safety, and ecological sustainability. This latter criterion questions if there is real need for the product, if it reduces environmental impact, has a long lifetime, is resource efficient, complies with environmental best practice, considers end-of-life issues, uses principles of design for disassembly and recyclability, ethical, and offers benefit to society, environment, culture and economy. This paper investigates the approaches by which design award winners and finalists claim to respond to the sustainability criterion. It also traces winners to as far as ten years back and checks whether they exhibit market longevity; that is, if they are still around or if they have already been discontinued or replaced by other products. The archives of the most popular awards in which most designers aim to be recognized in were consulted, and a content analysis was conducted against the definitions and conditions for sustainable product innovation. The study found that product design accolades do their job well in highlighting the excellent work of industrial designers and the manufacturers they work with. However, given the urgency of climate change and environmental disasters that are attributed to the impacts of not-so-responsible designs, it is sensible to rethink whether those in product development should continue pursuing the market oriented approach of offering consumers endless streams of award-winning material "stuff" to own. As the analyses show, designers and manufacturers are indeed capable of creating excellent solutions that are ecologically sustainable. While the proportion of such innovations is still low in comparison to the rest of the awarded products, it is promising to see growth in this area.