International Journal of Art & Design Education

Creating the Urban Village: Teaching Pre-Service Teachers about Sustainable Design in Architecture and Community Planning

Volume 29.3   2010



Sustainable design is a philosophy adopted by people concerned with the health of society and the natural environment. The practice of sustainable design works toward the improvement of the quality of the built environment, while reducing or eradicating the negative impact on the natural environment (McLennan 2004). It is a philosophical approach that may be used in designing any type of built structure, to include architecture, public art, products and community planning. This article will describe concepts that may be addressed in art education about sustainable design to develop an environmental awareness through artistic activities. An approach to teaching sustainable design is explained with an example of a multi-faceted project taught in a pre-service secondary methods course of prospective art teachers.