Mini-Stories: Volume 10

Circularity Argument with
Zoé Bezpalko

As consumers, we’re trained to think of finished products as the end stage of design, but others view it as a first step on circular path. Consider furniture, for instance, made modular by makers like 57st. design so that table and bed legs can be swapped out when parts of the whole break down rather than scrapping whole objects; or companies like AMP Robotics, which is coordinating recycling robots, programming them to better identify reuse potential; or PlasticRoad, which recycles plastic into modular road-building blocks. More broadly: imagine cities as “material banks” full of potential-rich leftovers that can be paired with systems to make the best possible use of these bits and pieces. These approaches all speak to a larger way of thinking about how we use and reuse materials and create objects that can lead multiple lives.

99% Invisible’s Impact Design coverage is supported by Autodesk. The Autodesk Foundation supports the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Learn more about these efforts on Autodesk’s Redshift, which tells stories about the future of making across architecture, engineering, infrastructure and manufacturing,.

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