is… being aware of the fact that products designed by humanity ultimately become waste. Referring specifically to the remnants of our built world that remain outside the ecosystem. More broadly, it is the ability to perceive or to be conscious of the durability and transiency of man made creations like products, constructions and buildings. At this level of consciousness, design assumptions may change from product thinking into system thinking. Understanding how nature deals with this is the profound key in designing our future environment, nature’s models deliver the inspiration for processes of design to solve human needs.
“We are sooner or later, also the creators of waste!”
The abstract noun of awasteness was introduced by Gerrit Schilder and Hill Scholte at a lecture and workshop in January 2014, Rajkot, India.