Design and Circularity

Webinar

10.5. 17:00 Webinar

How can designers contribute to a transformation of businesses and organizations that are not based on the linearity of make-use-dispose? Can designers be strategic about prioritizing systems awareness over user needs? These questions are in the focus of team ADES' event.

Circularity is a system's quality; it doesn't apply only for products or services, but business models, organizations, cities, and the linear systems that have lasted for the past centuries. Undoubtedly, design has a prominent role in bringing about innovation, transforming the old ways in production and consumption structures towards long-term resilience and sustainability.

Still, in light of the accumulating effects of global warming, the climate crisis, and the acceleration of environmental degradation, design seems to be stuck in a reactive mode, continuing the deeply rooted, linear approaches to growth.

So how can designers contribute to a transformation of businesses and organizations that are not based on the linearity of make-use-dispose? Can designers be strategic about prioritizing systems awareness over user needs? What ethical questions and tools are needed to challenge current business models? And, what are the entry points for designers to enter into a workforce whose role is to regenerate natural systems, keep materials in use, and design out waste and pollution?

The organizers will discuss these and more questions with the help of prominent international experts. The focus will be on the systemic drivers of design practice and education, and their implications for the governance of the transition to circularity. 'Design and Circularity' is an online event, hosted by the Institute of Advanced Design Studies (ADES).

The language of the event is English.