Re-Source: Participation in reframing residual materials in design theory, design practice and design education

1 november 2017
1 november 2019
VH 9: Kunst en creatieve industrie
Smart Culture

This research proposal brings together two of the most pressing issues our society is facing: social participation and a circular economy. It aims to develop creative approaches to a number of key aspects of these combined issues, especially the question how we can rethink our urban environment in terms of metabolic flows and adapt these flows to deal with issues such as resource scarcity while simultaneously involving design professionals and students as participants in such processes of (radical) change.
To address these issues in conjunction while making these relevant for the design practice, this research proposes both a theoretical (meta) reflection on key concepts and approaches and a concrete, hands-on approach to test them in practice. The focus will be on how the experimental and innovative capacities of the design practice can help re-frame and re-make flows of residual material into resources, what roles the various participants can take in this process, and how their participation can inform the design practice, education, and research. To achieve this, research methods from the humanities and design research are joined. The end results will be: (1) The development of a physical and social interface of collaboration between university, HBO, and (experienced and starting) professionals around flows of residual material; (2) A final exhibition and booklet visualizing how design research and thinking can help turn residual materials into resources; (3) An ethno-methodological description of the participatory process happening in and around the interface leading to a report; (4) Two academic articles by the applicants.


Design Academy Eindhoven

David Hamers
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  • Ester van de Wiel

Netwerk- en projectleden

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)