Integrating Sociocultural Sustainability into Interior Design: A Triad - Context, Content, and Meaning

By Jain Kwon, PhD.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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The study proposes a pedagogical framework “a triad of sociocultural sustainability of design: context, content, and meaning,” which details the social dimension of sustainability. This article introduces the concepts and factors of the three constituents—context, context, and meaning—and explains how the framework has been used in teaching design process and programming. In design professionals’ endeavor for the public’s health, safety, and welfare, educators’ and practitioners’ commitment to sustainable design has been highly promoted and presented. Sustainability consists of economic, social, and ecological systems. However, its sociocultural aspects have often been neglected in the discussion that has mainly focused on the environmental impacts and footprints of building process and products. Since sociocultural aspects reflect the ethics and responsibilities of design professionals, it is crucial for them to reconsider the value of sociocultural sustainability.

Keywords: Sociocultural Sustainability, Design Method, Design Process, Interior Design

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.13-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 786.568KB).

Jain Kwon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Interior Design, Lamar Dodd School of Art, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Jain Kwon, PhD, is an assistant professor of interior design at the University of Georgia. She earned her doctoral degree in design from the University of Minnesota. Kwon's academic research focuses on phenomenology in design: sociocultural aspects of design and meaning of color in healthcare. She teaches interior design studios and research methods at undergraduate and graduate levels. Kwon’s pedagogic approach is in consideration of sociocultural sustainability in design process. She is one of the contributors to the book, The State of the Interior Design Profession(Fairchild, 2010). Kwon holds an interior architect license from the Korea Ministry of Labor. Kwon received the Juran Doctoral Award in 2007 for her work on an integrative design approach to continuous quality development of healthcare environments.