When stuff is useful, we show it respect and call it material. When the same stuff ceases to be useful, we cease to respect it and we call it waste. To manage the overwhelming amount of materials going to landfill annually requires a rethinking of how we use those still highly valuable resources we discard as “waste”. There is a need to better connect product development with waste management and to encourage designers to find a use for discarded materials. In this workshop, you will be introduced to waste-material centred product design. You will research a common waste material (for example related to NZ’s primary industries, a typical material you find in your own rubbish/recycling bin, or a material of global interest like ocean plastic) and brainstorm ideas how you can give the waste a second life with the ideal outcome of creating a completely circular product.
After finishing his undergraduate degree in biomimetics in Bremen, Germany, Tim came to University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha in 2009 to undertake a PhD in the processing of bio-based composite materials, essentially aiming to replace commonly used glass fibre and reinforced plastics with a more natural, sustainable choice. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada, he returned to UC to undertake a project at UC in 3D printing and bio-polymers. In 2017 he was offered a full-time lecturing role at the newly formed School of Product Design.
His research interests include the development and 3D printing of biological and bio-based materials and natural fibre reinforced plastics, especially bioplastics, with a strong focus on all-cellulose composites. Tim is very interested to work in the areas of bio-inspired design and biomimetics using nature as inspiration for engineering solutions. His latest research interest is the use of indigenous and native materials in product design and resulting material and product perception and resulting value associations and design with waste materials.