Centre for Circular Design at University of the Arts London is a leading voice in academic design research and knowledge exchange. The team focus is on using practice research approaches to create multiple outputs to steer and support circular economies and communities around the globe.
" Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom." Socrates
Can academic & industry research create a shared vision for a circular future?
What if we could design garments for different speeds of use?
Can we improve a material’s desirability and biodegradability with new finishes?
How can we enable circular and responsive manufacturing through new digital processes?
How can we extend the use of fashion textile products through narrative design?
Can we transform existing manufacturing lines with 'bolt-on' technologies?
How can we build a conversation with environmental science to inform our creative process?
How can people connect through circular fashion, location and conviviality?
Can designers and scientists speak the same language?
Can meditation and silent-sketching help bridge gaps in working relationships?
How can we communicate the evolving material landscape for circular design?
How can we teach students sustainable design through Materials, Models, and Mindsets?
How can we engage the research community at UAL and beyond around the theme of designing for a circular economy?
How can fashion designers change ‘business as usual’?
How can design researchers create a more circular industry from the inside?
What insights can we draw from reflecting on the challenges of prototyping circular garments?
How can we engage the industry with sustainable design research?
As practice researchers, how can we use our diverse skills and knowledge to change industry practices?
BFTT is led by University of the Arts London (UAL) in collaboration with UCL, Loughborough University, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds and Queen Mary University London, and includes specialist research centres in sustainable fashion, circular design, fashion business and innovation, digital anthropology, materials and textiles manufacturing
The research and thinking tools produced by the team at CCD aim to help designers at all stages of their career develop their understanding of the challenges and opportunities that circular and sustainable design offer. These short films introduce the individual tools, and suggest how they might be used.
Filmed in Rebecca Earley's studio in London during the Coronavirus pandemic in Spring/Summer 2020, the films aim to signpost the range of tools and resources, helping designers stay inspired and motivated to design better futures during this challenging time.