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Foresights from the Swedish Kitchen: Four Circular Value Opportunities for the Built Environment

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6394; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166394
Received: 7 July 2020 / Revised: 5 August 2020 / Accepted: 6 August 2020 / Published: 8 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circularity in the Built Environment)
This paper examines the kitchen as one relevant part of the home that is highly affected by frequent replacements, renovations, and a short service life. The aim is to discern circular value opportunities for the built environment by examining stakeholder activities and the value proposition associated with Swedish kitchens. The paper answers the research question ‘Which aspects in stakeholders’ value proposition of kitchens might contribute to future circular housing design?’. The empirical material was collected through a workshop, interviews, and a focus group session. The data were analysed using qualitative content analysis while applying value mapping as an analytical framework. Four opportunities for circularity were identified: (1) aligning spatial and product design for a circular economy, (2) considering end-user perspectives and demands, (3) formulating regulations informed by research, and (4) developing circular products and services through collaboration. While some of these opportunities have already been emphasised in previous literature, the most distinct contribution of this paper is that it reveals the importance of spatial parameters when transitioning towards a circular housing design. The methods and results of this paper may be adapted to various building components to create a system-level circular economy in the built environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; value chain; value proposition; kitchen design; spatial design; built environment circular economy; value chain; value proposition; kitchen design; spatial design; built environment
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Ollár, A.; Femenías, P.; Rahe, U.; Granath, K. Foresights from the Swedish Kitchen: Four Circular Value Opportunities for the Built Environment. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6394.

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