This research project explores the question of whether situated design methods can contribute to value transparency in the design of local platforms for the circular economy.
As a fellow of the research group Situated Art and Design, tutor and researcher Tara Karpinski is involved in the SIA RAAK MKB research Design thinking for the Circular Economy – Value Transparency in the design of local platforms for the circular economy. This research is being carried out under the direction of the research group Play & Civic Media of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA).
By 2050, the Netherlands must be transformed into a ‘circular economy’. This is an economic and social system in which the production of raw materials and services is organised sustainably, with respect for people and the environment. So far, most research in this field has been technological and logistical in nature.
The research focuses specifically on the issue of values transparency. Which underlying economic and social values should play a role in the design of local platforms for the circular economy? How can these values be made transparent, with the ultimate goal of making neighbourhoods more sustainable and liveable?
Tara works embedded at Schoonschip (Amsterdam) – the most sustainable floating community in Europe. She researches how technological systems can be translated into social processes.
Her current research examines how attitudes towards individual and collective energy behaviours can be revealed by visualising otherwise invisible algorithms in public space.
Implementing a research-through-design approach, the project will result in a number of tools, scenarios, and design principles for local platforms for the circular economy. On location, Tara is working with the neighbourhood, and the programmers who designed the community’s smart-grid to translate the underlying algorithmic data into fountain form: the Ener-geyser.
Ongoing project, started April 2019.
Dr. B.G.M. de Waal, professor Play & Civic Media, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA)
Other researchers involved
Dorlinda van Beek
Michel van Dartel
Research group Play & Civic Media, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) (project secretary)
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
SIA RAAK MKB project Design thinking for the Circular Economy