The leader of F/T Futures Professor Kirsi Niinimäki provides a summary of findings from the article Outside the “Comfort Zone”: Designing Unknown in a Multidisciplinary Setting in Trash-2-Cash blog.
Trash-2-Cash (T2C) research project has brought together partners from multiple disciplines with various knowledge backgrounds to work towards new material innovations. Kirsi Niinimäki’s, Marjaana Tanttu’s and Cindy Kohtala’s article Outside the ”Comfort Zone”: Designing Unknown in a Multidisciplinary Setting, published in The Design Journal in 2017, provides observations from the beginning of the collaborative process in T2C. Check the main findings explained by Niinimäki in Trash-2-Cash blog (published April 19, 2018).
The workshop focused on:
- positioning design within theories of innovation
- focusing on design as “innovation of meaning”, i.e. the creation of new experiences
- understanding the role of technologies (and in particular material technologies) as enabler of new meaningful experiences
- exploring the process for the creation of new meanings through technologies.
Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches in the School of Management and the School of Design, and where he directs MaDe In Lab, the laboratory on the MAnagement of DEsign and INnovation.
“We come from the age of innovation; to be more precise, from the age of innovation of solutions. In the last decade companies have strengthened their capability to solve problems in novel ways. They have now methods and tools to create unprecedented numbers of ideas both from within their organizations (e.g. design thinking, innovation jams) and from outsiders (e.g. open innovation, crowdsourcing). Firms nowadays do not lack ideas. They are overwhelmed by ideas.” (Roberto Verganti)
The workshop was organized by FTF Fashion/Textile Futures research group in Aalto ARTS and VTT as part of the DWoC and Trash-2-Cash projects.
T2C project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646226. DWoC is funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.
Designed high-value products from zero-value waste textiles and fibres via design 2015-2018
T2C is a multidisciplinary project which integrates design, business and technology to a coherent discipline to establish new creative industries. The aim is to develop new material and product opportunities via creative design from waste or process by-product, reduce the utilization of virgin materials; improve material efficiency; decrease landfill volumes and energy consumption and use design for recycling strategies with the vision of closing the material loop in the textile sector. Aalto ARTS will contribute to project through developing design methods for multidisciplinary collaboration, constructing principles for design-for-recycling, studying consumer engagement for recycling and in moreover investigating the new value creation in recycling economy. The project is funded by Horizon2020 EU programme and it is a large European collaboration between different research units, Universities and industrial partners around Europe.
The European Paper Recycling Council palkitsi Aalto-yliopiston uuden kehräystekniikan kehittämisestä. Kierrätyspaperia ja kartonkia käyttäen voidaan valmistaa kangasta ja tätä menetelmää on kehitetty ChemArts yhteistyössä. Näytekankaat on valmistanut muotoilun laitoksen Marjaana Tanttu, joka nyt työskentelee tohtorikandinaattina Trash-2-Cash projektissa Fashion/Textiles Futures tutkimusryhmässä.
VTT on kehittänyt ja toteuttanut kierrätyspaperin ja -kartongin esikäsittelymenetelmät.
Aalto University awarded The European Paper Recycling Award 2015
Aalto University has been awarded for the development of a novel spinning technique to produce textiles from waste paper and waste card board. This new technique has been developed in ChemArts collaboration.The exhibited fabrics were produced at Aalto University Department of Design by Marjaana Tanttu, who is currently working as a doctoral candidate in Trash-2-Cash project run by Fashion/Textile Futures research group.
VTT developed and executed the pretreatment methods for the recycled paper and board. The ceremony took place 15.10.2015 at the European Parliament.