1.3.2 Green village: Introduction

Course subject(s) Module 1: Introduction

In the video, David Peck interviews Willy Spanjer, project manager for Circular Economy at The Green Village living lab, at TU Delft. Willy will introduce the Green Village initiative and tell us more about the goal of the platform and the different kind of projects that The Green Village accommodates.

Solving the world’s largest challenges requires radically new connections. Combinations of technologies that were never linked before, or innovation partnerships between unlikely partners. These connections lead to radical innovations, for example to cars powering homes, people producing their own drinking water, and buildings becoming computers.

The Green Village’s goal is to accelerate the development and implementation of these radical innovations. They do this by bringing together everyone who needs to be involved – scientists and engineers, businesses, the public, and government – at an inspiring place where innovations can be developed, tested and demonstrated by these partners. In an experimental real-life setting, a true living lab at Delft University of Technology that is open to anyone, including you.

We will meet Willy Spanjer again in the following weeks of the course, and discuss with her some of the ongoing projects at The Green Village which meet one or more of our “Design for R” strategies.

Key points:

  • In order to embrace the circular economy framework, we need to test and demonstrate innovative concepts. This is the main goal of Green Village, to accelerate the implementation of these new business models and innovative products or concepts.
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