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DIY Materials and Circular Economy: A Case Study, Educating Industrial Designers for Sustainability

Version 1 : Received: 5 November 2018 / Approved: 6 November 2018 / Online: 6 November 2018 (04:40:59 CET)

How to cite: Alarcón, J.; Llorens, A. DIY Materials and Circular Economy: A Case Study, Educating Industrial Designers for Sustainability. Preprints 2018, 2018110128 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0128.v1). Alarcón, J.; Llorens, A. DIY Materials and Circular Economy: A Case Study, Educating Industrial Designers for Sustainability. Preprints 2018, 2018110128 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0128.v1).

Abstract

The article presents an experience based on the design of DIY materials (Do-It-Yourself) as a phenomenon that contributes to the circular economy, making use of household waste and organic binders. The development context is the southernmost Industrial Design School in Latin America, where students are educated through the transfer of knowledge emphasized on the experimentation and territory assessment. Methodology corresponds to the traditional industrial design process, inserting DIY design of materials in the strategic stage. Objective and subjective variables are determined applied in the definition of new materials, being able to determine a range of proposals based on household waste. Citrus × Sinensis, Peperomia caperata (Piperaceae), Radiata pine veneers, among them, which are conceived by students to be self-produced at the user level. The results are materials elaborated based on household waste, exemplified with three types based on organic husks. Beyond findings associated to technique, compatibilities between residual materials and results expressed in materials and catalogs, it is possible to educate future designers on the innovative theme, with the potential to improve life quality of people and their environments.

Subject Areas

circular economy; education; reuse; sustainability; self-produced materials; waste

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