What goes around comes around: Designing circular economies
Location: The Boardroom, The University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY
Date: Wednesday 24th May 17:30-20:00
Free entry: Register here
Sustainability and circular economies
Duncan’s and Prof. Jonathan Chapman will be showcasing their new books next Wednesday at The University of Brighton. There will be brief presentations from both authors followed up by an open discussion – come along and join in the debate. Drinks and snacks will be provided!
Prof. Chapman’s new book is entitled the “Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design“. It includes 35 essays and presents the first systematic overview of the burgeoning field of sustainable product design. The book takes readers to the depth of our engagements with the designed world to advance the social and ecological purpose of product design as a critical twenty-first-century practice. Comprising 35 chapters across 6 thematic parts, the book’s contributors include the most significant international thinkers in this dynamic and
Duncan Baker-Brown’s book “The Re-use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy“ is a highly illustrated ‘atlas’, taking the reader on a journey via four distinct ‘steps’ (recycling, reuse, reduce, closed loop), from a linear economy towards a system emulating the natural world, i.e, a circular economy. Featuring over 25 detailed case studies describing design exemplars from the worlds of textile and fashion design, product design, interior architecture, architecture and urban design, this book’s purpose is to show designers how they can successfully navigate and exploit the emerging field of resource management and the circular economy.
For a further insight into Duncan’s book visit our blog which showcases many of the case studies and interviews featured in the book.
Some recent endorsements
“The case against mindless design has never been made more effectively. Chapman brings together an amazing assembly of contemporary design researchers to discuss one of our greatest challenges: making the world safe for future inhabitants. Whatever you are designing, you may want to keep this handbook close to remind you of all the exciting new possibilities for sustainable design.”
(Conny Bakker, Design for Sustainability and Circular Product Design, TU Delft, The Netherlands, 2016)
“Duncan Baker-Brown takes the abstract concepts of waste, energy, materials, and use–and brings them to life with vivid and inspiring examples to outline a fresh way of looking at architecture and the world. This book points to a new paradigm, replacing the design of single, static, solitary buildings with the design of complex adaptive systems.”
David Benjamin, Founder, The Living, New York