Louise St. Pierre Louise St. Pierre is Associate Professor of Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. She is co-author of the internationally recognized Okala Practitioner: Learning Ecological Design and is the founder and coordinator of Emily Carr’s DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab. She has received awards and funding for Industrial Design, Exhibit Design and Ecological Design work from organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Industrial Designer’s Society of America, and The American Center for Design. St. Pierre continues to publish and lecture internationally on sustainable and ecological design with a focus on how design can embrace our interdependence with nature’s systems.
  • An Interview
    with Kate Fletcher
    [Nature’s] power is in us understanding that [it] has a value that goes beyond its usefulness to us. The literacy this gives us—the knowledge this gives designers—is deeply held and has the potential to shape all our ideas and actions. …designers will reach into the lives of users in a continuous and dynamic way and […] No responses April 18, 2016
  • DESIS:
    Design for social innovation
    and sustainability
    The Context of Sustainability Those of us who are paying attention to climate change know that the way that we live our lives needs to change. The way that we live needs to change urgently, markedly and systemically; this includes all that we do, every act that has impact on others, on resource consumption, energy […] No responses April 18, 2016
  • Design Principles & Practices Conference Design is our collective intelligence: it shapes the world we live in. We can recognize design in the materiality of our objects, the environments we dwell in, and the visual communications we share. It pervades every form of societal expression; we conceive our material and virtual world through design. Design is the common ground of […] No responses May 1, 2014
  • Patterning Dialogues A good conversation can change everything. As this three-year partnership between Powertech Labs and Emily Carr University of Art + Design demonstrates, good conversation can seed insights and change trajectories. In our case, iterative dialogue clarified business strategy, identified new markets, and deepened understanding about the technical and social systems surrounding the use of energy […] No responses March 26, 2013
  • Case Study: Powertech – Service Oriented Strategies for Sustainability This morning, I spent two dollars on a coffee and put 834 grams of carbon into the atmosphere. That’s 417 grams per dollar, according to us carbon intensity data (us Energy). In our resource-based economy, it should come as no surprise that this can be measured, and certainly no surprise that our spending habits have […] No responses April 28, 2011