Design for Life

The sustainability imperative in design and innovation.


As unprecedented challenges arise for our planet and humanity, Design is imperative in finding solutions that enable us humans to co-exist in harmony with nature and the biosphere.

We must collectively move from a culture of "creating in the absence of limits" to "creating in a limited world".

We have reached a moment in human history where we must design for sustainability and the impact on society. If we want to shift individual and collective behavior toward sustainability, we first need to engage people with compelling reasons to do so — with meaningful, beautiful, emotional experiences.

The Sustainable goals by Design

Dassault Systèmes’ Design for Life program is part of the global effort to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Design Goals by Design.

As a member of the World Design Organization (WDO®), Dassault Systèmes is committed to working towards the Sustainable Design Goals by Design and helping our customers and partners to do as well.

Dassault Systèmes also pairs up with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the world's leading circular economy network. As a member, Dassault Systèmes is part of the network's collaborative efforts to drive systemic change and scale solutions globally.



Global Challenges

5 challenges are directly affecting our quest for a more sustainable future.

The need for sustainability, science & generativity, growing complexity, ubiquity and inclusivity. 

Design Community

Design For Life is a content collaboration between Dezeen and Dassault Systèmes featuring talks and videos highlighting designers who are using technology and research to build a better world.

Julia Koerner: "3D-printed fashion has no limitations of form and geometry"

Julia Koerner explains how she uses technology to apply architectural techniques to fashion and costume design in the first video of our Design for Life collaboration with Dassault Systèmes.

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Arthur Mamou-Mani collaborates with Dassault Systèmes to explore "lifecycle of materials"

Arthur Mamou-Mani explains how he is partnering with Dassault Systèmes to investigate "cradle-to-cradle" architecture in the latest video of our Design for Life collaboration with the software brand.

3 minutes 14
Nassia Inglessis: "Architecture should create possibilities for interaction"

Studio INI founder Nassia Inglessis describes how technology enables her to create interactive spaces. The practice is known for creating intricate architectural installations that respond to the bodies of visitors.

2 minutes 7
Michael Pawlyn: "Biomimicry enables architects to make positive impact on the environment

Exploration Architecture founder Michael Pawlyn explains how computational design tools allow architects to mimic the natural world.

3 minutes 14

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