Chapter 10

Predicting the Future

Abstract

This chapter draws on the past and present to discuss how engineering designers may make a positive contribution toward a more sustainable growth. This concludes that they must increase their awareness of and engagement with the issues and problems surrounding sustainable design if they are to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Keywords

Limits to growth

Positive, negative outcomes

Third way

Designer’s challenge

10.1 Unsustainable Futures

10.1.1 Challenging views

When the author was studying mechanical engineering and German in the early 1970s as an undergraduate at Bath University, our German applied mechanics tutor, Gustav Winkler, was a champion of the simple over the complex and the ...

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