MC – manuscript – The Value of Waste

The manuscript, The Value of Waste, of Michel van Dartel and Anne Nigten is posted on the Leonardo JustAccepted page, hosted by MIT Press. It will be published in one of the next issues of Leonardo.


This paper argues that a first step in finding a sustainable solution for the pressing global issue of ‘waste’, is to consider waste a value attribution rather than a material condition. Doing so means a shift in focus from finding more efficient ways to ‘clean up the mess’ to changing the way in which value is attributed to things. The paper looks at a selection of recent literature on value systems to identify useful concepts and theory for a value-based solution to waste and proposes to probe such potential solutions through art and design.

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The Value of Waste is the result of a collaboration from Michel van Dartel with Anne Nigten, lector Design for Network Ecologies, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Anne Nigten is also a member of the advisory board of Caradt; Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology, Avans University of Applied Science.