Design for a Circular Economy

Penoyre & Prasad


Image ©Tim Crocker

The idea of ‘zero waste’ is a natural progression from sustainability and zero carbon. Just as there is no waste in nature with all ‘waste products’ getting re-used in a virtually endless cycle, we can imagine an economy that is similarly cyclical or circular. This is an idea that has been developing since the early 1970s, with inspiring approaches like ‘cradle to cradle’ and ‘regenerative design’ put forward by the architect William McDonough, for example. There has also been a step change in the recycling of household and industrial waste, matched only perhaps by the package and food industry’s rate of producing it. However, effective, credible and practical design responses that really do justice to the principles of the regenerative cycle comparable to that in nature remain elusive.

A moment, then, to take stock: we will bring together stimulating presentations that both try and show the way to put into practice, and also pose questions about, the philosophy. That should lead to a gripping discussion about the inspiring ideal of the Circular Economy.

To book, please email Emma Hough
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