Design for the Circular Economy
Understanding the complexities of designing for a circular economy
Circular product design helps design professionals to improve the long-term sustainability performance of products. The key principle of the approach is 'designing out waste', fitting your product in a circular economy where the value of the product, its components, and its materials are maintained and not wasted.
This Masterclass helps you to understand the circular mindset and the role you can play as a design professional in the transition towards a circular economy. We will address implications for product design engineering using examples from practice, and provide research-based, practical design approaches and tools. You will explore the circularity of your own product and come up with circular-ready redesigns.
The sessions in this Masterclass offer a mixture of interactive lectures, tutorials and workshops with the aim to immerse you into the theory and practice of designing for a circular economy. You will work on your own case study to learn how to use the tools and methods taught.
During this master class, you will:
- understand the different end-of-life value-capture strategies involved in the circular economy;
- understand how design can contribute to a circular economy;
- apply tools and techniques to assess the ease-of-disassembly, product circularity and potential value capture;
- apply different principles and strategies for circular product design;
- 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.
Ingrid de PauwIngrid de Pauw is senior lecturer at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, and partner in IDEAL&CO. She coordinates and teaches several courses in sustainable and circular product design and supports companies in developing their circular design skills and identifying improvement opportunities.
Bas FlipsenBas Flipsen is senior lecturer at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft. His research focuses on sustainability from a pragmatic point of view. He analyses product-service systems with quantitative in-house developed tools and teaches several courses on repair and sustainability.
|9:00||Registration and Welcome drinks|
Getting to know each other
|10:00||Circular Economy and Product design Bas Flipsen & Ingrid de Pauw |
Explore the core values of circular design for business
|11:15||Value recovery strategies Bas Flipsen |
Understand the different value recovery strategies such as repair, refurbish, remanufacture, recycle. Discuss the role of reverse logistics, product modularity, and ease of disassembly.
|12:00||Workshop 1A gentle dismantle Bas Flipsen |
Asses to what extent your product design is ‘circular-ready’ by means of a gentle dismantle and the use of disassembly mapping.
at 'Porceleyne Fles'
Workshop 1B identifying hotspots Bas Flipsen
Continue your analysis and applying hotspotmapping to identify the hotspots for a circular redesign in your product’s architecture.
Workshop 1C redesign Bas Flipsen
Learn product architecture strategies and come up with suggestions to improve the circular readiness of your product, which you will pitch.
|17:00||Plenary pitches, feedback & discussion, wrap-up|
|17:30||End of the first day|
Circular impact Ingrid de Pauw
Understand how you can determine the potential of different value recovery strategies for your product
Workshop – 2A Circular Impact Ingrid de Pauw.
at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
|13:30||Workshop – 2B Redesign Ingrid de Pauw |
Continue the exploration of circular strategies of an improved design and business model and finalize the development of a circular proposition for your case. Prepare a short pitch to share your findings.
|16:00||Plenary pitches & Closing Debate - How to implement insights into design practice Bas Flipsen & Ingrid de Pauw |
Discussing key insights, opportunities, and bottlenecks for your design practice.
|17:00||Closing and drinks|
|17:30||End of the Master Class|
Participants receive the book "Products that Last" by Conny Bakker, Marcel den Hollander, Ed van Hinte and Yvo Zijlstra.
How to prepare
This is a highly practical course, in which we will use examples to guide you through the activities. You will apply what you learn to a product of your own. You will be asked to disassemble it and evaluate its circularity using the methods learned. Therefore we ask you to bring a product with you to the course (further details and tips for selecting a product will be shared with all participants).
Costs Master Class
|€ 850||for members of BNO, KIVI IO, HumanFactorsNL|
|€ 750||for IDE alumni|
Courses are VAT-free
Lunch, drinks, material and book are included
|€ 100||for each additional Master Class per organisation in 2023|
|€ 100||if you register before 01 March|