t is often observed that the pace of innovation within the construction and building industry appears to be slow. Comparably, most buildings having a longer lifespan than furniture, phones, and cars, so constant iteration and improvement is likely to be more difficult. However, recent years have seen some impressive technologies
In the pre-digital world we used to work for materials, and now materials work for us.
With startup success stories, acres of media coverage and stacks of investment, for better or worse the sharing economy has earned its place on the hype cycle of new trends and technologies in recent years. Use of the term and development of models have grown in parallel with the circular
If the producers of the new Channel 4 TV show Eden are serious about re-thinking society, then the circular economy framework should be part of the experiment.
What’s new or special about the circular economy, apart from it being about an economy that works long term, led by business and making the economic case, is that it is about how this case emerged. It is closely linked to the information technology revolution circa 2010 onwards.
For a long time, reverse logistics has been seen only as logistics going in the “wrong direction” – but that should no longer be the case.
Material flows are becoming information flows. Here we will explore the implications for the circular economy.
To some, open source sounds like chaos, like design by committee – it could never work. But this approach could actually accelerate the shift to a circular economy.
One thing the circular economy should not be confused with is some sort of perpetual gadget machine in which stuff is made and remade with nary a loss or impediment, with nothing new or unsullied: a place where eager businesses recover their products and magic them back to life for their customers with no waste.