Design-driven innovation of bio-based circular materials. Design strategies and skills

  • Marinella Ferrara Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Alessandro Squatrito Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Keywords: circular economy, bio-based circular materials, sustainable design, circular design, creative industries

Abstract

In recent years, design has turned its attention towards the Circular Economy where material issues are central. More and more companies and designers are turning their research towards ‘circular materials’ from the recycling of ‘technical materials’ or created from an organic base of processing/production or consumption waste and reintegrated into the biological cycle. The paper, focused on ‘bio-based circular materials’, presents the first phase of a research in progress, with the aim of mapping and systematising the strategies used for the conception, development, design, production and distribution of new materials and related products.

Author Biographies

Marinella Ferrara, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

PhD, she is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design and Head of MADEC, the Research Center on Material Design Culture. Her research aims to clarify the relationship between design and materials and to contribute to design theories and teaching methodologies. She is the Editor-in-chief of the online scientific Journal PAD.
E-mail: marinella.ferrara@polimi.it

Alessandro Squatrito, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Designer,  he is a PhD Candidate at the Design Department. In addition to the design activity, he carries out research in the field of design, materials and circular economy, and supports teaching activities.
E-mail: alessandro.squatrito@polimi.it

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Published
2022-06-30
How to Cite
Ferrara, M. and Squatrito, A. (2022) “Design-driven innovation of bio-based circular materials. Design strategies and skills”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 11(online), pp. 288-299. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/11262022.
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