Authors: Melissa Luppi, Ioulios Georgiou, Johannes Haunerdinger, Jan Schories, Negaar Hashemi

OF [Su62]


Actors and Agents:
as Cradle-to-Cradle is a wholistic concept that rethinks all production cycles of any product, it is meant as a general instrument for every actor and agent

Cradle to Cradle design is a biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems. It models human industry on nature's processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature's biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and technical nutrients. Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not only efficient but also essentially waste free. The model in its broadest sense is not limited to industrial design and manufacturing, it can be applied to many aspects of human civilization such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems. An example for an adaption of the idea can be seen for example in disposable dish made of natural materials that can be thrown away without producing waste or even been eaten. Another example of applied Cradle-to-Cradle is the reuse of demolition waste, i.e. concrete fragments in new constructions.

Further Research Agendas:
How can the holistic idea of Cradle-to-Cradle be practically applied in systems of urbanistic scale ?