Design evolution and innovation for livable cities: toward a circular economy

Fleischmann, Katja (2017) Design evolution and innovation for livable cities: toward a circular economy. In: [Presented at Tropics of the Imagination]. From: Living Cities: Tropical Imaginaries, 6 - 9 September 2017, Singapore.

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Design has become an important driver of economic innovation and better living globally. This paper looks at the evolution of design within the innovation space and how it is applied in tropical cities. The role of design has changed from the popular understanding of creating products, driving consumption and being a decorative discipline to driving social, public and economic change. Tropical mega-cities like Singapore have been on the policy forefront to push design-led innovation to facilitate start-ups, spark economic development, re-imagine its future and on a human scale harmonize with its tropical setting. How are other tropical locations such as Townsville, a regional city in the northern Australia, comparing in their use of design-led innovation? Is there enough emphasis put on educating change makers to support service innovation like improving the quality of life for the elderly? The future challenge for designers will also involve working toward a Circular Economy which will require new ways of approaching services, processes and products that are good for business and sustainable development

Item ID: 51301
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: circular economy, design-led innovation, tropics, design thinking
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 03:29
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1203 Design Practice and Management > 120302 Design Innovation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design @ 100%
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