Through the group Situated Art and Design, researcher and teacher Tara Karpinski is involved in the RAAK SME research Design thinking for the Circular Economy – Value transparency in the design of local platforms for the circular economy. This research is realized under the direction of the research group Play & Civic Media of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA).
Within the project, Tara works as a probe designer. She combines her backgrounds as a designer and researcher. She investigates how situated design methods can contribute to value transparency in the design of local platforms for the circular economy.
With this project, Tara aims to enrich research methods with “embedded” practices and strategies. Both soft and hard data from a community are essential to match designs to the specific characteristics of that community. This will include a strong emphasis on design research that combines ‘making’ with location-based explorations.
Economic and social values
For this research, Tara is designing a series of interventions in three different locations that will reveal the underlying economic and social values of these communities. The second phase of the project weaves these findings into a design for a new local circular economy platform. The project will continue until Mid 2021.