How to elaborate new proposals of urban furniture through different strategies of ecodesign?

The Project LIFE FUTURE has been a great opportunity to stimulate the ecodesign of urban furniture among the students of the Universitat Jaume I (Spain). 

During the last two academic years, students of the degree in Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development have developed new proposals of urban furniture following different ecodesign strategies, such as the reuse of tires or the optimization of distribution using local materials. 

One of the tools to facilitate ecodesign is the EcoDesign Wheel or Wheel LIDS, which allows defining comparatively environmental strategies with respect to other products existing in the market.

In the EcoDesign Wheel, the categories of environmental strategies are distributed in each of its eight axes. Axis 1 corresponds to the selection of low impact materials such as clean, renewable, recycled materials, etc.; Axis 2 promotes the reduction of materials; Axis 3 includes strategies to optimize production; Axis 4 collects strategies to optimize the distribution; Axis 5 presents the strategies to reduce the impact during the stage of use; Axis 6 includes strategies to optimize the useful life; Axis 7 focuses on end-of-life optimization through reuse, recycling or recovery and axis 8 promotes the development of new concepts geared towards dematerialization and sharing.

The EcoDesign strategy Wheel (BREZET, Han, et al. Ecodesign: a promising approach to sustainable production and consumption. UNEP, 1997)

The result achieved by the students of the Universitat Jaume I is a collection of urban furniture elements with very interesting eco-innovations that could significantly contribute to reduce our environmental impacts in the acquisition of new urban furniture.

Designed by Victoria Payá, Mónica Toribio, Sara Soyara Pinedo and Michael Alexander Barros (2017)


» Publication Date: 11/04/2017



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