A living-sphere approach for locally oriented sustainable design

Hideki Kobayashi*, Shinichi Fukushige

*Corresponding author for this work

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Achieving a sustainable consumption and production pattern is one of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals for 2030. To achieve this, it is necessary to consider the environmental burden from a product life cycle and the quality of life of the consumer. In this study, a systematic approach for connecting basic human needs and the product development process, called the living-sphere approach, is proposed. In this approach, value graphs, which visualize the value system of products, are connected to satisfiers fulfilling the basic needs set out by Max-Neef. A value graph links satisfiers and the traditional product development process. The significance of the proposed approach is that improving quality of daily life and traditional product development are combined in the same framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Design and Manufacturing 2017
Subtitle of host publicationSelected papers on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing
EditorsRobert J. Howlett, Giampaolo Campana, Barbara Cimatti, Rossi Setchi
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319570778
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, SDM 2017 - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2017 Apr 262017 Apr 28

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


Conference4th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, SDM 2017


  • Environmentally conscious design (eco-design)
  • Human needs
  • Local community
  • Quality of life (QoL)
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SCP)
  • Sustainable design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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