reuse.city is a research study created to co-design speculative technologies, methodologies and systems to promote the reuse of goods and materials in cities and regions. It was conducted between April and August 2021, as part of a PhD research on waste prevention and smart cities.
The main goal of reuse.city was to co-design ways to expand the ability to reuse goods and materials in cities and regions, particularly with the aid of networked digital tecnologies. A secondary objective was to investigate social as well as cultural aspects that influence the reuse of goods and materials.
The research objectives are to be accomplished by two complementary sets of activities conducted in parallel:
Building on prior stages of research, the reuse.city co-design lab aims at co-designing technologies, methods and communication to promote the reuse of second hand goods and materials in cities and regions through practices of repair, upcycling and re-circulation.
In earlier phases of this PhD research, two other studies were carried out: the repair journey; and an ecosystem mapping. Respectively, those studies identified participants’ behaviours towards broken objects; and how unwanted materials circulate in society before they are discarded.
Building on such prior activities, reuse.city was created to co-design technologies, methods and communication that promote the reuse of second hand goods and materials in cities and regions through practices of repair, upcycling and re-circulation.
reuse.city seeks to expand understanding of the diverse skills and abilities involved with
It is expected to address the following research questions:
The reuse.city co-design lab recruited 29 participants from ten different countries in four continents, all of which signed up to the study and filled the consent form. Not all of the people who signed up have engaged with the lab activities.
The participants of reuse city lab were recruited via social media, invited personally by the researcher or suggested by colleagues and other participants.
The reuse.city lab approached the research questions from different perspectives.
See lab for a summarised report.