Year: 2016
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen
Author: Isabel Ordonez (1), Amaltas Khan (2), Puneet Tandon (2), Oskar Rexfelt (1)
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1Product and Production Development, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2PDPM Indian Instituteof Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur
Section: Design Practice
Page(s): 152-157
ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9


Designing with discarded materials can be challenging, but it has the benefit of helping material
recirculation and in doing so may help to reduce the volumes of waste currently available. This idea
initiated work in two independent cases of practice-based design education: one at the Chalmers
University of Technology at Gothenburg, Sweden and another at the Indian Institute of Information
Technology, Design, and Manufacturing at Jabalpur. In both the cases, researchers at the two
universities developed their methodology considering their contextual set of requirements. Further, the
design students in both cases were presented with the ‘challenge’ and an ‘assistive method’ for
performing product development using discarded material(s). Both initiatives were developed
independently of each other, and the researchers got to know of the other initiative after initial work
had been published on each study.
This article is a joint analysis that seeks to compare the two initiatives to highlight the differences and
similarities between the experiences in both design education and design processes. This is done to
better understand the challenges of designing with discarded materials, with critical insights on the
activity, thus enhancing the possible contribution of designers to material recirculation.

Keywords: Design Methods, Design Education, Up-cycling, Design from Waste.

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