Foresights from the Swedish Kitchen: Four Circular Value Opportunities for the Built Environment
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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


Anita Ollár

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Arkitekturens teori och metod

Paula Femenias

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsdesign

Ulrike Rahe

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Arkitekturens teori och metod

Kaj Granath

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsdesign


20711050 (eISSN)

Vol. 12 16 6394

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