(Re)organizing circular design projects: Four tool applications and reflections

Marc van den Berg, Daan Schraven, Frits Schultheiss, Tristan Frese

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Buildings and infrastructures need to be optimized for closed-loop material flows. Designing such circular constructions is nevertheless challenging because of several organizational barriers. Construction professionals need practical solutions to organize circular design projects – or reorganize linear ones. Four practical tools have therefore been proposed by a circularity community of practice in the Netherlands called Platform CB’23: an ecosystem compass, Business Model Canvas, value matrix and information needs matrix. This paper aims to illustrate the use of these four tools to (re)organize circular design projects. Through applying the tools to a circular interior design case project and reflecting on their potentials, it is concluded that practitioners can gain insights into organizational issues such as the ecosystem workings, business models, value exchanges and information exchanges. Such insights could subsequently be used to take transformative action in circular design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe second International Conference of Circular Systems for the Built Environment (ICSBE2-2021)
EditorsShore Shahnoori, Masi Mohammadi
PublisherEindhoven University of Technology
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-90-386-5486-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2nd International Conference on Circular Systems for the Built Environment 2021 - Online, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 9 Dec 20219 Dec 2021
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on Circular Systems for the Built Environment 2021
Abbreviated titleCircSys
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  • circular economy
  • design
  • organizations
  • project management
  • Tools


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