There And Back Again: circular economies is the third edition of our symposium organised by our PhD students Cathryn Hall and Laetitia Forst. The event was created to engage the research community at UAL and beyond around the theme of designing for circular economies.
The day took the form of an online series of inspirational and thought provoking talks and workshops with researchers and invited guest speakers investigating the circular model in the context of the global environmental crisis.
The concept of a circular economy has been criticised for catering to the current capitalist and consumerist status quo. With a planetary crisis on our hands, how can we reconcile the idea of circular design with the social climate justice agenda? This was discussed through the different viewpoints of the many ‘circular economies’ and how they might work together to provide the tools for effective transitions to more sustainable futures. This event explored how perspectives across design, academia, industry and education converge with circularity.
If you missed the live event, you can watch the event proceedings below.