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DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY

DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Year: 2015

Section: Design for Life

Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni

Author: Devadula, Suman; Chakrabarti, Amaresh

Series: ICED

Institution: Indian Institute of Science, India

Section: Design for Life

Pages: 001-010

ISBN: 978-1-904670-64-3

ISSN: 2220-4334

Abstract

A Circular Economy (CE) values material, technical or biological, as nutrient. CE thinking seeks to accelerate the conversion of technical nutrient cycles along the lines of biological nutrient cycles by re-designing systems till the scale of the economy. Though the notion of products being technical nutrient exists, its situation as an outcome of design intent is not contextually made. One objective of this article is to situate design and nutrient cycles of the earth system as and within natural cycles. This situation emphasizes the mechanism by which design affects nutrient availability to vital earth systems and draws attention to the functions that nutrients afford and serve by default before being embodied in products by human intent. The first principle of CE seeks to eliminate waste and re-purpose nutrients with minimal energy. Towards this, the historic trend of perceiving waste is drawn and Gestalts identified to arrive at the concept of tenancy and inform design. Tenancy is defined as the duration for which the nutrient embodied serves some purpose. Identifying the 6R scenarios as nutrient re-purposing functions, corresponding design strategies are stated.

Keywords: Ecodesign, Sustainability, Inclusive Design, Gestalts, Circular Economy

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