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Circular Design Deep Dive

When 22.-24.06.2022
Where Design Zentrum Hamburg, Hongkongstraße 8, 20457 Hamburg-Hafencity
Who A cooperation of Fab City Hamburg & Design Zentrum Hamburg

For three days we dive into the topic of circular design with lectures, workshops and networking. We invite international and local experts to present best practices and visionary projects that demonstrate how the economy can be designed in a circular way. These examples will then be discussed in workshops to develop applicable principles for circular design.

If you want to learn more about circular design, read our blog post ”Circular Design”. More info about the event below.

Why to participate

You are a designer and want to know more about how to make your products more circular? You are an entrepreneur and would like to learn from others how they brought their circular products with success to the market? You are a policy maker and want to understand the importance of design for the circular economy? You are a design or engineer student and want to improve your knowledge on sustainability in design? You are teaching design and want to see what others are doing to prepare the future generation? You are an expert on the topic and want to share your knowledge in the workshops, or just connect to other people engaged in the transition towards a more respectful relationship with the planet. YOU are the right person to join!

You feel undecided which of the different sessions to join?
Check out our schedule to get an overview.

How to participate

In order to join the opening event and the evening conferences, please click on the Register EVENT-Button. Once you have successfully submitted your data, you will receive an email with a registration confirmation.

If you would like to attend our curated workshops (food and drinks included), please click on the Register WORKSHOP-Button and select the date of the event you wish to attend. By writing a few words about your motivation, why to participate in the workshop, you apply for a ticket. After you have answered the question, you can add your ticket to the shopping cart and click on “submit registration”.
As we have only a limited number of workshop spots, we review all answers. You will get the approval of your order via email.

If you have trouble registering for the event, please contact the CDDD team who will be happy to help.


Wednesday 22.06.22 - Public Event “What is Circular Design?” (needs registration)

The opening session gives an introduction to circular design from different perspectives and through success stories.

Time Speaker / Topic
16:15 Registration
17:00 Greetings - Jens Kerstan, Hamburg Senator for the Environment
17:15 Greetings Design Zentrum Hamburg - Frances Uckermann
17:30 Opening Words CDDD - Wolf Kühr
17:45 Introduction CDDD: Method & Moderation - Michael Ziehl
17:55 Break
18:00 Digital Product Passport & Ecodesign for sustainable Products directive
EU Commission DG Connect- Brussels, Almut Nagel, Policy Officer
18:30 Circular design - the challenge is in the details
Econcept - Cologne, Ursula Tischner, CEO
19:00 Digitally fabricated circular designed furniture
Stykka - Copenhagen, Rasmus Taun, CEO
19:30 Q&R
20:00 Network Event

Thursday 23.06.22 - Morning: Moderated Workshop (needs registration)

This morning session is focusing on education. What are the new skills and competencies a designer needs to make and think circular design? After a short input session, we will elaborate key principles of this topic.

Time Speaker / Topic
09:45 Coffee & Snacks
10:15 Wrap up last day
10:30 Input Session: Education & Circular Design
10:45 Education for sustainable fashion design: Elena Ianeselli Lottozero - Prato
11:00 Circular product design: Eric Pfromm Academy for fashion and design - Hamburg
11:30 Workshop : Education & CD

23.06.22 - Afternoon: Moderated Workshop (needs registration)

This session explore the potentials of distributed design and how it enables local production and global collaboration. After a short input session, we will elaborate key principles of this topic.

Time Speaker / Topic
14:00 Input Session: Distributed & Circular design
14:15 Distributed Design : Marion Real Fab Lab Barcelona
14:30 Fab City Operating System: Raphael Haus - Interfacer Team Hamburg
15:00 Workshop: Distributed Design & CD

23.06.22 - Evening: “Open source by nature” (needs registration)

Key speakers will introduce to the topic of bio-based regenerative materials and how they can overcome the linear economy.

Time Speaker / Topic
18:00 From human- to species- centred design
Studio Aikieu - Malmö, Jenny Lee, Founder
18:30 Naturally grown packaging & interior design products
Grown.bio - Amsterdam, Arthur Moree, CEO

Friday 24.06.22 - Morning: Moderated Workshop (needs registration)

This session questions on how a product needs to be designed in order to go back into material flows in the end of its lifetime. After a short input session, we will elaborate key principles of this topic.

Time Speaker / Topic
09:45 Coffee & Snacks
10:15 Wrap up last day
10:30 Input Session: Product Requirement & Circular Design
10:45 The refrigerator case study: Wuppertal Institut, Christoph Tochtrop
11:00 Circular fashion by design House of All - Hamburg, Sarah Buerger
11:30 Workshop : Product Requirement & CD

24.06.22 - Afternoon: Moderated Workshop (needs registration)

In this session we will conclude the differnts principles from the other session to a short and well comprehensive list of recommandation and principles of circular design.

Time Speaker / Topic
14:00 Workshop: Elaboration of the Circular Design Principles and recommendations

24.06.22 - Evening: Public event “The right narrative to get people on board” (needs registration)

This session is focusing on storytelling and narratives that is needed to fullfill the change towards a responsible and sustainable design.

Time Speaker / Topic
18:00 Exploded view beyond building a biobased, circular house
Biobased Creations, Amsterdam, Lucas de Man, CEO
18:30 Science-based comic: The impossibilities of the Circular Economy
SAXION University, Netherlands, Christoph Hinske, Associate Professor
19.00 Public presentation of the Circular Design Principles and recommendations
co-created by the participant of the workshop
19:30 Q & R + discussion
20:00 Come together & Networking


The event aims to highlight circular design through success stories of already existing SMEs, scientific research consultant agencies. Other focuses are on the education of sustainable design and the technologies that support or enable circular design. Furthermore, product requirements will be discussed together with political directives and regulatory mechanisms. Special emphasis will be placed on the design of locally produced products, open source strategies of collaborative production, and digital fabrication processes. The aim is to stimulate a broad interest in the topic and to demonstrate the extent to which the technologies developed by INTERFACER can support circular design. The event series aims to create a forum where the various local and international stakeholders can meet, exchange ideas and jointly develop strategies and solutions in workshops. But it is also intended to raise awareness in industry, politics and society for this central topic of the circular economy.

The expected outcome of the event and the workshops is the formulation of principles and recommendations on how circular design can be implemented in practice. These will be presented publicly at the end of the event.


Concept & Curation  Wolf Kühr
Concept & Design  Annika Fitz
Event Management Anna Moritz
Communication Isabel Neuendorf, Dr. Jacqueline Bertlich
Head of Design Zentrum Hamburg Frances Uckermann
Moderation  Dr. Michael Ziehl
Graphic Design Oliver Schwartz

A cooperation of INTERFACER (Fab City Hamburg e.V. and Hamburger Institut für Wertschöpfungssystematik und Wissensmanagement UG) and the Design Zentrum Hamburg, with the support of the Fab City Foundation. Funded by the European Union in the framework of the INTERFACER project.






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