Foresights from the Swedish Kitchen: Four Circular Value Opportunities for the Built Environment
Journal article, 2020

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.

kitchen design

built environment

value chain

circular economy

value proposition

spatial design

Author

Anita Ollár

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Ulrike Rahe

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods, Research - Architectural Theory and Method

Kaj Granath

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Sustainability

2071-1050 (ISSN)

Vol. 12 16 6394

The circular kitchen

HSB Living Lab, 2018-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.

Climate-KIC, 2018-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Architecture

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

DOI

10.3390/su12166394

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3/24/2021