IDEMC7: Design for the Circular Economy

Understanding the complexities of designing for a circular economy

International companies see the move towards a circular and sustainable economy as a complex but necessary challenge. This Master Class helps you understand this thinking and the role you can play in responding to this challenge.

30 and 31 January 2019

Group size
10-16 participants

Industrial Design Engineering,
TU Delft

21 January 2019

The Master Class hosts a mixture of interactive tutorials and workshops with the aim of plunging you into the theory and practice of designing for a circular economy. The decision to embed circular economy principles is a strategic business decision; this has a huge impact on the way products are developed and designed. The MC addresses the social and technical implications for product design using examples from practice, and provides design approaches that are embedded in theory whilst being pragmatic and usable for designers.


Learning Objectives

During this master class, you will learn to:

  • understand the systems-perspective needed for the transition to a circular economy;
  • understand how design can contribute to a circular & sustainable economy;
  • use tools and techniques to implement circular economy principles in design processes;
  • reflect on ways to overcome the barriers for going circular.


  • Theory and practice of designing for a circular economy;
  • Circular product design tools and methods.



9:00Registration and Welcome drinks
Overview of the Master Class
Background of the Participants
10:00Introduction: Circular Economy, theory & practice
11:15Circular business case study
Interactive discussion session
at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
14:00Workshop: going circular: opportunities and barriers
16:00Introduction: consumer perspectives on the circular economy
17:30End of the first day
9:30Workshop: circular product design
With new methods & tools
11:15Introduction: Value recovery strategies
at the Porceleyne Fles
14:00Workshop: design for disassembly
With new methods & tools
16:00Debate: how to implement insights into business practice
17:00Closing and Drinks

Practical Information

Participants receive the book "Products that Last" by Conny Bakker, Marcel den Hollander, Ed van Hinte and Yvo Zijlstra.

How to prepare
Read a 12-page case study prior to the master class. If you want, you can bring a relevant case from your own practice to class.

After the course
Two months after the course, a pre-set consultation timeslot will be offered to all participants to share experiences and ask questions to the IDE Master Class. The format and the timing will be discussed with the participants during the IDE Master Class.