Renewable Matter # 14 / January-February

When Design Meets Existing Things

by Paul Connett

Today, the encounter between creatives and used matter involves very different topics, compared to what happened with Duchamp’s first ready-mades. In order to promote reused objects, the ability to narrate waste’s journey effectively is fundamental.


It has already been a few years since the media started talking increasingly often about the regenerative economy: an economy born out of the cooperation between different trades acting within the same territory. A symbiotic economy, based on the possibility that some business’ or trade’s waste (not only materials, but, for example, also power and water) become by-products...

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