Waste as a Starting Point - How to Educate Design Students to Become Active Agents in Closing Material Loops

Year: 2014
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Author: Isabel Ordo
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Department for Product and Production Development, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Section: Design Education in Practice
Page(s): 360-365
ISBN: 978-1-904670-56-8


The Waste to Design project gives students a framework to do their thesis on trying to use industrial waste for new production. The first year of the project saw four theses, shedding light on the design process required for this type of work. The most common difficulties observed were uncertainties about material properties, production possibilities and regulations. This made students strive to connect and collaborate with people from other backgrounds, suggesting that improving cross-disciplinary collaboration skills in design education would facilitate this type of work.

Keywords: Industrial waste, design process, closed-loop


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