Waste prevention in smart cities

TL;DR: my research is creating ways to promote the reuse of materials in cities and regions. In April 2021 I have organised the make.reuse.city online co-design lab, which had the participation of more than 20 people from 10 different countries. Updates about reuse.city are shared on twitter. Live documentation can be found on GitHub. Additionally, refer to my research website to learn more about make.reuse.city and the wider research context it relates to.


Open Research

I am investigating how digital technologies can significantly reduce waste in urban contexts, by promoting the reuse of second-hand goods and materials. My specific focus is on practices of repair, upcycling and re-circulation, seeking economic as well as social and environmental outcomes locally. This is all part of my PhD research in an EU-funded doctoral programme called OpenDoTT. You can find more information about it in my research blog.

I have invited people to co-design and prototype speculative technologies to help assess the potential value of materials, and establish ways in which that value is realised to the benefit of local societies.

Online co-design lab

During four weeks (between April 5th and April 30th 2021) I have worked in the open to sketch, discuss, prototype and experiment ideas such as an universal registry of things, as well as various interfaces to access it. Learn more about the lab and how it relates to my research here.

This online co-design lab invited anyone interested in discussing and creating around themes such as zero waste, circular economy, maker cultures, regenerative design, critical urban studies and other related fields. As well as providing particular outcomes to be incorporated in my research, I also expected to facilitate the emergence of a community of people interested in such themes and the collaboration between them.

Stay up to date

Documentation about the lab are kept in this git repository and this playlist on youtube. News will keep being be posted to twitter and shared with participants via an exclusive e-mail discussion list.