Designing for the circular economy

As reported by Knowledge@Wharton, the London-based Agency of Design (AoD) came up with three different approaches, “each of which embodies a different strategy to designing circularity from the outset”: They are (1) designing for longevity (and durability), which also implies having an approach to an alternative sustainable business approach, now that “planned obsolescence” is no longer an option; (2) modular design; and (3) design for disassembly.

The article then delves into the challenge of plastics in a circular economy, which take hundreds of years to decompose, the internet of things, which is making it possible for companies to design “intelligent assets” that can report back their location, availability and condition, thus enabling companies to maximize the value of these assets over time, and designing useful, profitable products that use captured CO².