Day 3: Circular Speeds Workshops

This workshop enables participants to understand more about what decisions need to be made when we design a material product for the circular economy. We ask: What do we think constitutes a fast item, and what is slow? How can we design for products to travel quickly, (meeting specific needs), and how can we design for products that stay with us for a long time, (often meeting quite different needs)? How do we think needs might change in the future, from country to country? How can we anticipate this by designing for the speeds of these emerging circular economies?

Day 3: Making Disrupting Patterns Keynote

Centre for Circular Design co-founders Prof. Becky Earley and Dr. Kate Goldsworthy will report on two recently completed research projects.

In the Trash-2-Cash project researchers joined multi-disciplinary teams to create design-driven material innovations for the clothing and automotive industries, using emerging technologies concerned with the chemical regeneration of waste. Researchers have created new prototypes from old textiles that are recyclable, and that also considered impacts from across the lifecycle spectrum at the outset – from users, to new business models and future recovery systems.

In the Mistra Future Fashion project researchers explored design to enable fully joined-up cycles of material use as the ultimate goal; but the ‘Speed’ of the cycle also needed to be considered in­ order to make informed and appropriate design choices. The aim of this project was to provide guidelines for cyclability, alongside new design concepts which bring these choices into sharp focus. Ultra-fast and super-slow fashion is the result.

This will be followed by a drinks and networking reception.

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