Learning for Innovative Design for Sustainability

by Janny Huitema on april 11, 2017

The Frisian Design Factory/NHL is one of the Dutch partners in a new European project funded by Erasmus+, within the sustainable business and educational innovation field. Under the name ‘Circular Design: Learning for Innovative Design for Sustainability’, this initiative will enhance the creation and consumption of sustainable products and services, aligned with European Circular Economy policies. The other Dutch partners are House of Design (Groningen) and Better Future Factory (Rotterdam).

The project focuses on a knowledge co-creation process on development of training materials to teach and train students, faculty and enterprise staff of the design sector in Circular Design – Innovative Design for Sustainability strategies.

First week of April, the team had an intensive working week in Friesland. They focused on developing new ways to design circular products and systems, not only technical, but with the end users in mind, and as part of a societal transition. Several Frisian companies presented their cases and questions.

In Groningen, a successful Networking meeting was held, where the project was also presented to the Dutch networking partners. For inspiration, the team also visited BlueCity in Rotterdam, the most innovative Circular Hub in The Netherlands.

The ‘Circular Design: Learning for Innovative Design for Sustainability’ project involves thirteen partners including European universities, design centers and companies from four different regions: Catalonia, Ireland, Friesland and Sweden.