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DINZ: Life Cycle Thinking series

DINZ Invitation Reminder

DINZ: Design Skills
Life Cycle Thinking series

The ‘Life Cycle Thinking’ series of workshops has been proposed by Locus Research and Unitec to provide a crucial bridge for the uptake of sustainable design and development within New Zealand.

The series moves beyond general discussion and into specific ideas, tools, methods, and approaches which will be described and engaged with to ensure that participants can apply these skills within their own organisations. Each workshop has a strong interactive learning component which is designed to apply and reinforce key learnings from each session.

The series is structured into accessible workshops on the following topics:

Session One : Life Cycle Thinking – A design mindset
Auckland – Thursday 12th June Unitec
Wellington - Thursday 19th June Massey University, Theatrette 10A02
Christchurch – Thursday 26th June CPIT (Theatrette to be advised)
An introduction to the key concepts within Life Cycle Thinking (LCT).
• Understanding system oriented thinking in the context of product development.
• Applying life cycle thinking to design work to create insight.
• Understanding how life cycle thinking can operate in a conceptual and commercial environment.

Session Two: Life Cycle Management – From product to company
Auckland – Thursday 3rd July Unitec
Applying LCT to the total life cycle of products and services including the application of environmental management systems within an organisation.
• Understanding the application of life cycle thinking to products and services.
• Managing life cycle thinking within your organisation and supply chain.
• Understanding the key management practices and certifi cations and how they can best benefi t your organisation.

Session Three: Life Cycle Tools – Implementing change
Auckland – Thursday 7th August Unitec
Approaches from research, idea generation, and concept creation tools to more analytical tools such as LCA, EIOA, and Carbon Foot printing.
• Understanding the key tools and techniques for implementing life cycle thinking in product development.
• Learning the potential applications of the tools to understand where they are best used and how they are most effective.
• Observing the horizon and potential of different techniques to enable development targets for participants.

Starting in June, this series will be delivered initially as a series of three 1-day workshops at Unitec in Auckland, with content structured ‘progressively’ so the second and third workshops build on the previous workshops in more detail.

DINZ however will be introducing Session One: Life Cycle Thinking – A design mindset in both Wellington and Christchurch in June.

In addition, there is an accompanying series of articles published in the ‘Focus on Sustainability’ section of the April, June and August issues of Prodesign. The three articles introduce the workshop topics and are a primer to engage designers in life cycle thinking.

Costs per session $200 + GST
If you attend Session One in either Wellington or Christchurch and wish to attend Session Two and Three in Auckland, you will still be eligible for the discount as outlined in the pdf attachment.

Please note registrations for:
Wellington – click here to register
Christchurch – click here to register
If you have any questions regarding registrations for Wellington or Christchurch sessions email designer[at]

If registering for any of the Auckland sessions If registering for any of the Auckland sessions click here
If you have any questions regarding registrations for Auckland sessions email lifecycle[at]

More information.


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DINZ Mission: to have professional designers valued and rewarded for the contribution they make to the economic, cultural and social growth of New Zealand.

Platinum Sponsors – Auckland Museum, Designworks, GardyneHOLT, Methven, ProDesign, Studio Alexander, Terabyte, The Pond
Gold Sponsors – Better by Design, Clendons, Dock Street Group, ECC Lighting, May Time Marketing, ProductSpec, Wattyl
Silver Sponsors – Aesthetics Lighting, Jasmax, Jacobsen Creative Surfaces, The Laminex Group, Lexicon Systems, Mokum Textiles, Panprint, Winstone Wallboards

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