Methodology

METHODOLOGY

THE PROCESS

Materiale Centralen Upcycling finds and reuses materials that would have been thrown away, saving and giving them a second chance to extend their life-span.

Sometimes wasted materials find their way to our workshops, inspiring new ideas and different design approaches through the interactions between people, and some other time, starting from the ideas we seek for materials.

THE PROCESS

Materiale Centralen Upcycling finds and reuses materials that would have been thrown away, saving and giving them a second chance to extend their life-span.

Sometimes wasted materials find their way to our workshops, inspiring new ideas and different design approaches through the interactions between people, and some other time, starting from the ideas we seek for materials.

THE METHODOLOGY

As a collective of creatives, the team at Materiale Centralen developed a user centered design method for participatory design workshops where all attendees feel involved in every phase of the upcycling process. 

The collaborative design (co-design) method invites all participants to cooperate with the team of designers to implement the innovation process together. Starting from an initial design exploration to help define the problem of wasted materials, we use a participatory skill sharing platform to cultivate ideas for viable sustainable solutions. 

Throughout the different stages, we aim to comply with the European Union’s written standards for Ecodesigned products to the best of our ability. 

The co-design method used during our upcycling workshops is designed to invite users to play a central role in the process of shaping the product, essentially allowing them to become co-creators. 

THE COLLABORATIVE FACTORY

The Collaborative Factory methodology is a culmination of our research in global waste trends and impacts over the past 5 years, shaped by a community of people with varying backgrounds with a common goal: to make a more sustainable future. 

The basic principles of this methodology are:

1. Utilize Local Waste – Utilize locally sourced resources which would have otherwise been directed to a waste stream. 

2. Provide a Skill Sharing Platform – Provide a space to easily spread and document ideas as a way to cultivate innovation. 

3. Engage Local Community – Promote local engagement and organically recruit people through existing interests.