What is the Circular Design Lab?
The Circular Design Lab is a collaborative platform dedicated to innovation in design for circular economy. It brings together researchers, students and businesses around a pipeline of projects aimed at the development of circular products, services, business models, and strategies.
Over the past decade, circular economy has gained traction in business and policy as an approach towards addressing pressing environmental threats while fulfilling societal needs and delivering economic benefits. Many companies have been using the concept as an innovation framework and begun to design circular products, business models and strategies. Research can play a key role in supporting such innovation and ensuring it delivers the envisioned environmental, social and economic benefits of circular economy.
The Circular Design Lab revolves around graduation projects and research assignments conducted by Master students, supervised by PhD researchers and professors, and in collaboration with external businesses. Each project is dedicated to growing the knowledge base of design for circular economy and to developing concepts and prototypes of circular products, services, business models and company strategies. Examples of past projects include:
- Designing a strategy for engaging users in circularity in the fashion industry
- Designing products from shredded wind turbine blades
- Designing for the end of life of electronic appliances
- Designing an IoT solution for circular lighting
- Designing washing machines for a leasing model
The students all have access to a shared workspace and online platforms to foster the exchange of insights and best practices. Regular Lab meetings with all students and researchers provide opportunities to dive deeper into particular projects.