ETH Zurich: Grand Challenges in Ski Design


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Technical University of Zurich – Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering
Institute of Design, Materials and Fabrication – Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures

Grown is contributing to the ETH course

Grand Challenges in Engineering Design 

The course Grand Challenges in Engineering Design (visit course website)  by Prof. K. Shea covers the topic of design processes through the example of skis.
The course includes theoretical lectures about the basics of ski design such as structural concepts, mechanics of skis, and ski testing as well as practical lectures with guest speakers from academia and industry.

Dr. Tobias Luthe, founder of Grown, offers in this course a lecture on systemic design: what is a whole systems approach to design on the example of skis? How can ecological, social, technical and economic aspects be integrated to design sustainable solutions?

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Figure by Blizzard, J. L. and L. E. Klotz. 2012. A framework for sustainable whole systems design. Design Studies 33(5).