What does it entail for the city when citizens no longer will be solitary consumers of goods and services, but also users? To go more indepth on this question the design team cooperated with R’damse Nieuwe and organised the expert meeting: Urban Circular Economy.


In this expert meeting several subjects were discussed, but as the team will further focus on two perspectives: (1) waste is raw materials and (2) leasing or sharing is the alternative for selling, the main conclusions concerning these perspectives are being described.

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Waste is raw materials.

For this session, the group examined what the value of the various parts of waste can be and how that value can be redeemed. The interesting conclusion of the session: first, your waste says something about your lifestyle, the products you consume and that information has a value. Second, some items have a direct value (second hand, metals, etc.), however, there is often a lack of knowledge of the user in order to optimize this. Third, some parts of your waste may be less interesting for processing inhouse, by creating a certain mass, they become interesting for entrepreneurs. Fourth, in addition to the waste bag there is also litter. In order to reduce this, the value of litter must be made visible.


Leasing or sharing is the alternative for selling.

When asked what the participants were willing to lease or trade instead of buy the answers vary widely. The session became interesting when questioning the reasons to choose one over the other. It depended on the frequency of use (daily or sporadically), the return on investment (house as investment) and the availability (here and now feeling). For specific products also the hygienic aspect and the preservation of their identity is decisive (especially in clothing). In addition, in a trading system, also comfort is an important factor in parts. One still needs, as a user, to have the ability to respond to a question or not. Here trust and reciprocity play an important role.

The participants would like that the three options (buying, leasing or sharing) of a product are presented when they need the product. Then choosing becomes much easier.

In addition to these three possibilities swapping is also an option. Previously it was depending on specific markets, but with the advent of the Internet, this has become much easier.