In assembling the stories in this issue about circular design, one word kept coming up: value. It surfaced early on in
“The economy” is a phrase, Cobb likes to say, that is quick to clear a room. And it’s certainly not the usual scope of this magazine. But if we’re talking about how we can completely rethink how we do things, we inevitably come around to the question of value — which for too long has been dictated by market factors. If we re-centred our perception of value around circularity — how we can benefit the health of the planet and every living thing that thrives on it by considering the full life cycle of a product or project — we would develop a new mindset for designing, making, consuming and living in more equitable relationships with each other and our surroundings.
Using design thinking to bolster an entire place or community is a massive endeavour. But even in the design of a building or a furniture collection is an opportunity to re-set the program for circularity. The London design firm Pearson Lloyd is
By rethinking “value,” we’re also reclaiming our own values. If we want to strive for a healthier planet, one that is more ethical and sustainable, we have several examples to follow — and this issue is brimming with them. Among the most stunning examples are a series of case studies of architecture projects – from Studio Weave’s London library made with felled city trees to 3XN/GXN’s Sydney skyscraper that upcycles an existing tower –
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