Components were one of the things that I highlighted - items that can be readily dismantled and remantled are excellent in many ways as they can reduce transportation costs as well as being adaptable. They can be re-used for different projects and therefore have a fantastic 'cradle to cradle' profile.
So it was with great joy that I watched James May's Toy Stories last night, which focused on upscaling and updating the age old toy, Meccano.
With (mostly) regular parts, James, Atkins Bridge Engineers and a handful of students from Liverpool University constructed a full size, single person tilting bridge - all from Meccano.
It was a wonderful watch, and demonstrated fantastically what can be built from little components and how component design has been utilised in the Industrial World.
And (I believe) the Meccano was to be stripped back down after the project.
Just a shame it is now made in France instead of Liverpool... it could have been a really local project.