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Circular Transitions aims to create the vision of designing for a circular future where materials are designed, produced, used and disposed of in radical new ways. Circular Transitions will be the first global event to bring together academic and industry research concerned with designing fashion textiles for the circular economy. The themes will explore the design of new materials for fashion with approaches ranging from emerging technology and social innovation to systems design and tools.
Circular Transitions has been organised by Dr Kate Goldsworthy and Professor Rebecca Earley at University of the Arts London. It is part of a research project for the Mistra Future Fashion consortium - a cross-disciplinary program with the vision of closing the loop in fashion and creating systemic change in Swedish industry and culture.
The research program started in 2011 and Phase 2 (2015–2019) focuses on the circular economy and innovation within design, supply chain, consumer behaviour and recycling practices.
‘Building on Mistra research begun in 2011 in Sweden, Circular Transitions will highlight global textile design innovation and signpost us towards a future where people and resources in the fashion industry are really understood and valued.‘
Sigrid Barnekow, Deputy Director, Mistra Future Fashion Programme
‘Designing for a circular economy is complex. Gone are the days of ‘sustainable’ or ‘eco’ design, when a simple change of material to a recycled alternative would give a project environmental credibility. Now, in order to understand all the facets of the problem, we need to talk to each of the stakeholders involved in the lifecycle of a particular product, for example chemists, material scientists, and people who run recycling plants.’
The Great Recovery (RSA)
‘Fashion is surely the most circular of industries. Right? Here’s my reasoning. Don’t throw anything away, it’ll come back into fashion …’
‘30% of our clothes are unworn, £5 billion of clothing lies unworn in British wardrobes, £140 million of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year (WRAP). It’s simple. Buy better, repair, swap, donate. Keeping things alive longer means buying better and looking after them.’
Mark Shayler, Green Ape
The Circular Transitions Academic Committee have provisionally accepted over 50 papers for the conference. They will be published in the Circular Transitions Proceedings, with an ISBN, and following the conference, a selection of papers will be developed further and published by Springer in a journal special issue.
Paper submission deadline: 31st July 2016
Feedback from Academic Review Committee: 16th September 2016
Final paper deadline: 24th October 2016
Any queries regarding the preparation of papers for Circular Transitions should be sent to email@example.com.
We invite contributions that describe, explore and critique the following areas of interest:
Design which responds to technology, science, material developments.
Design for systems, services, models, business, networks and communities.
Design of behaviours; tools, frameworks and experiences to enable and support collaboration, mindset change and improve decision making.
‘In this interconnected process, unlimited materials can have unlimited life cycles, and the material exchange would be open, dynamic and include all material resources.’
Dr Kate Goldsworthy, framework for Design for Cyclability
‘As well as creating new opportunities for growth, a more circular economy will reduce waste, drive greater resource productivity, deliver a more competitive UK economy, position the UK to better address emerging resource security/scarcity issues in the future and help reduce the environmental impacts of our production and consumption in both the UK and abroad.’
Circular Transitions offers a full programme of high profile speakers, presentations of world leading research and interactive sessions, along with a networking drinks reception and conference dinner.
Day One will take place at Tate Britain, featuring keynote presentations from Sophie Thomas (Founding Director, Thomas Matthews), Cyndi Rhoades (Founder, Worn Again), and Elin Larsson (Sustainability Director, Filippa K), along with sessions in each of the Materials, Models and Mindset themes. This will be followed by a networking drinks reception in the Triangle Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts, and the conference dinner in the College's beautiful Banqueting Hall.
Day Two will take place at Chelsea College of Arts, where there will be a wide range of parallel sessions in the key themes of the conference, along with a keynote presentation.
The full conference programme will be released in August. Please sign up to the mailing list to receive updates on sessions and speakers, as they are announced.
Dr Kate Goldsworthy
Professor Rebecca Earley
Professor Kay Politowicz
Professor Malcolm Quinn
Professor Sandy Black
Professor Dilys Williams
Professor Adam Thorpe
Dr Rosie Hornbuckle
Professor Lorraine Gamman
Professor Mike Press
Dr Faith Kane
Dr Louise Valentine
Dr Chris Holland
Professor Martin Charter
Dr Kirsi Niinimäki
Dr Hjalmar Granberg
Dr Lucy Norris
London SW1P 4RG
16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU
Chelsea College of Arts and Tate Britain are a five-minute walk from Pimlico tube station and ten minutes from Vauxhall tube. Both tube stations are on the Victoria line.
More information on the tube system can be found on the Transport for London website.
The number 2, C10, 36, 87, 88, 185, 436 all stop nearby
We recommend using London Underground, buses and other public transport to travel from the airport into central London, however taxis from the airport are also available.
Take the train from the airport to London Victoria station. From here, the College is a fifteen-minute walk away, or one stop on the tube (Victoria line) to Pimlico station.
Take the Piccadilly line eastbound and change at Green Park for the southbound Victoria line tube to Pimlico.
Take the train to Liverpool Street, and from there take the westbound Central line tube to Oxford Circus and change here for the southbound Victoria line tube to Pimlico.
Take the Docklands Light Railway west to Bank, change for the westbound Central line tube to Oxford Circus, before taking the southbound Victoria line tube to Pimlico.
Shuttle buses connect the airport to Luton Station, where you can catch a London-bound train to Wandsworth Road Station, changing once. From here you can catch the 87 bus towards Tate Britain, which is next door to the Chelsea College of Arts.
London has a wide range of hotel within a short travelling distance to the conference, however the following are located close to Chelsea College of Arts and Tate Britain:
Doubletree by Hilton London Westminster
£125.10 per night
30 John Islip Street
Park Plaza Riverbank London
£155 per night
18 Albert Embankment