Sammanfattning: The project elaborates design opportunities for a future practice that could promote alternative sustainable lifestyles on waste handling through up-cycling activities. It does this on a small scale through engagement in the local communities of the Hilda neighborhood and Segepark students’ accommodations in Sweden. To these communities, creative-up-cycling is explored which it introduced here as an approach where neighbors can participate in making new things from leftover materials. Through this work creative-up-cycling is a proposed recommendation for a possible service system on how to share the leftover materials in the local resident’s communities, as well as, how to remake the items no longer needed. The empirical studies explore maker culture lifestyles and include how to find leftover materials, tools, space, and skills in order to guide people in creative-up-cycling alternatives. These creative activities also build social relationship via the integration of multidisciplinary citizens who are living in the same community and explorations were done on how could we elicit the skill sets from those people? What is a useful skill set in this area today? Values like mutual physical experience, reciprocity, and ownership could also be found along the empirical workshops in this project. Additionally, this report shows some interesting findings pointing towards the design process and the suggestions of design elements; ‘Co-storage’, ‘Mix and Match furniture shop’, and ‘Renovation and up-cycling’ concept elements. Participatory design (designing with people) has been the core approach in this project. Additionally, I have been influenced by user-centered design, as well as service design approaches in order to comprehend the services, system and activities of recycling and up-cycling in cities like: SYSAV, STPLN, Cykelköket, Återskapa, Toolpool. The finding presented here are examples of practices that could make up the composition of recycling and up-cycling activities in future local communities.
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