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Developing scenarios for product longevity and sufficiency

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posted on 24.11.2017 by E.L. Dewberry, Leila Sheldrick, Matt Sinclair, Maria A. Moreno, C. Makatsoris
This paper explores the narrative of peoples’ relationships with products as a window on understanding the types of innovation that may inform a culture of sufficiency. The work forms part of the ‘Business as Unusual: Designing Products with Consumers in the Loop’ [BaU] project, funded as part of the UK EPSRC-ESRC RECODE network (RECODE, 2016) that aims to explore the potential of re-distributed manufacturing (RdM) in a context of sustainability. This element of the project employed interviews, mapping and workshops as methods to investigate the relationship between people and products across the product lifecycle. A focus on product longevity and specifically the people-product interactions is captured in conversations around product maintenance and repair. In exploring ideas of ‘broken’ we found different characteristics of, and motivations for, repair. Mapping these and other product-people interactions across the product lifecycle indicated where current activity is, who owns such activity (i.e. organisation or individual) and where gaps in interactions occur. These issues were explored further in a workshop which grouped participants to look at products from the perspective of one of four scenarios; each scenario represented either short or long product lifespans and different types of people engagement in the design process. The findings help give shape to new scenarios for designing sufficiency-based social models of material flows.

Funding

We would like to thank the UK funders, EPSRC ESRC, of Grant (EP/M017567/1): ‘RECODE Network on Redistributed Manufacture, Consumer Goods and Big Data’.

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PLATE: Product Lifetimes And The Environment

Pages

108 - 113 (6)

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DEWBERRY, E.L. ... et al, 2017. Developing scenarios for product longevity and sufficiency. IN: Bakker, C. and Mugge, R. (eds). Vol. 9: PLATE: Product Lifetimes And The Environment 2017 Conference Proceedings, Delft, The Netherlands, 8th-10th November 2017, pp. 108-113.

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IOS Press © Delft University of Technology and IOS Press

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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2017

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Reprinted from PLATE: Product Lifetimes And The Environment, Vol 9, E.L. Dewberry, L. Sheldrick, M. Sinclair, M. Moreno, C. Makatsoris, Developing scenarios for product longevity and sufficiency, pp. 108-113, Copyright (2017), with permission from IOS Press. The publication is available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-820-4-108.

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9781614998198

Book series

Research in Design Series;9

Language

en

Location

TU Delft

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