What if, when we demolish a building, we do not immediately think of waste, but of a rich package of raw materials and building products that are released for reuse? It is possible, if designers take this into account from the start of their concept and the right building materials and techniques are chosen. This innovative way of thinking can have a positive effect on our ecological footprint and encourage manufacturers, designers and builders alike to innovate.
Interest in circular and change-oriented construction is growing, and clients of construction projects are increasingly making it a priority. Researchers and pioneers have already taken promising steps, but in order to speak of a real cultural change, this knowledge must be disseminated on a broader scale.
That is why the architectural organisation NAV and the TRANSFORM Research Team of the VUB have set up the Atelier Circulair project. The aim is twofold. On the one hand, we want to increase the knowledge of architects and engineers about circular and change-oriented building and encourage knowledge-sharing through a learning network in which precursors and followers meet each other.
On the other hand, we also want to undertake a number of actions aimed at sensitising and informing a broader target group of engineers and architects, for example via information evenings or via articles in (professional) journals, theme editions, websites and digital newsletters.
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As the demand from our target group for information on both the basic principles and the new developments in circular construction remains high, we have decided to organise another learning network in 2021.
We will also continue to focus on information sharing through articles and information sessions on circular building.