Articulate the circular ambition and vision for this project and develop a plan of approach for the entire design process.
When to take action?
Who can take action?
Design team and client
Beginner expertise needed
Why is sharing the same vision important?
Visions offer guidance for joint action and provide coordination among the different construction partners. Defining a common purpose clarifies the mission and the priorities for both the project and the collective process. It links the partners together and creates a mutual understanding of the benefits of collaborating on a circular building project. From there, the design team can agree to which degree circular economy will be integrated into the design process and can draw up a plan of approach.
Gather with the team that will be designing the building project.
Define the strategic vision together: What are the ideal (circular) outcome and the goal of the project? What impact do you hope to have?
1.1 What is the current situation?
1.2 Which (kind of) project are you launching?
1.3 What is the ideal outcome and the goal of the project? To what extent is circularity included?
Work from ambitions, not requirements. Explain in words, images, metaphors, ...
1.4 What serves as a motivation or inspiration to develop a circular building project?
Outcome: a collective end goal
Develop a plan of approach: set goals, organise the collaboration. Who does what? How to fulfill the ambition?
2.1 Following the set ambition, what are the expected intermediate and final outcomes?
2.2 Which steps need to be taken to reach the goals? Who will take these steps? What can each member bring into the project at which stage?
2.3 What is the time frame?
2.4 How will it be checked if the goals are reached or not?
Outcome: The process towards the end goal is subdivided into clear tasks and intermediate goals. The tasks are scheduled and divided.
Risk management: Are we open to shifting our vision of success as the collaboration progresses? If so, what will be our process for revisiting it?
3.1 What will we do when partners have differing visions of success?
3.2 What will we do when partners agree on a vision but disagree on the means to achieve that vision?
3.3 How will we manage tensions between partners’ individual organizational goals and the goals of the collaboration?
3.4 Are we open to shifting our vision of success as the collaboration progresses? If so, what will be our process for revisiting it?
More information and sources
Define Your Challenge - The Circular Design Guide by Ellen MacMarthur Foundation
Creating a circular vision - Circular Economy Lab
Share a vision of success - Circular Regions