The circular kitchen
Research Project , 2018 – 2021

The kitchen forms a central place in the home, for cooking and social interaction, and is more often than other parts of the home subject to renovations. Previous studies have shown that premature alterations and replacements of the kitchen and its appliances lead to unnecessary material flows and high climate impact. The way housing components – and as an example the kitchen – are currently made, sold, placed, used and discarded all contribute to resource depletion, environmental pollution and avoidable GHG emissions. In the business-as-usual scenario, the kitchen is not designed and marketed to facilitate circular economy ‘loops’. The kitchen is not reparable or adaptable to changing user needs. This causes the kitchen to be disposed of before its technical lifespan. The project “the Circular Kitchen” aims at developing interdisciplinary knowledge for more climate smart and circular kitchen designs, which it will be co-created, developed, tested and evaluated in practice. The project is a public-private partnership in collaboration with TU Delft and funded by the European Institute of Technology with support from industry.

Participants

Ulrike Rahe (contact)

Full Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Sofie Andersson

Doctoral Student at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Giliam Dokter

Doctoral Student at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Paula Femenias

Associate Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Anita Ollár

Doctoral Student at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Collaborations

Delft University of Technology

Delft, Netherlands

Funding

HSB Living Lab

Funding Chalmers participation during 2018–2021

Climate-CIK

Funding Chalmers participation during 2018–2021

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance

Energy

Areas of Advance

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Driving Forces

HSB living lab

Infrastructure

Publications

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Latest update

2020-04-02