How to draw up a more circular economy in the architectural space

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RIBA Future Architects Podcast

ISG’s head of sustainability, Anna Foden, joins ISG’s client, University of Brighton, on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) ‘Future Architects in Conversation’ podcast series. RIBA’s digital ‘Architects in Conversation’ series, focuses on how the industry’s professionals can better strive for strategic design and social change, amongst other critical topics within architecture.

Welcoming thought leaders from across the built environment to share unique insights and have important discussions with its community of future and emerging architects.

RIBA Future Architects in Conversation – Episode 18: Circular Economy

On this episode, ISG’s head of sustainability, Anna Foden, joins host Wongani Mwanza (Architect at Transition by Design), and Duncan Baker Brown (Principal Lecturer at University of Brighton, and Co-Chair for RIBA Climate Action Expert Advisory Group).

Anna, Wongani and Duncan discuss how the integration of circular economy principles is having an effect on the built environment and why these principles should be at the core of all our projects.

Some key takeaways from the episode include:

  • Making reuse second nature when the construction industry accounts for approximately 1/3 of the world's waste
  • Understanding value from legislative, compliance and shareholder angles
  • Why many things we throw away don't just ‘go away'
  • Why less is more when it comes to low carbon
  • How ISG has been successful in overcoming barriers within circular economy
  • How the dial has shifted from seeing buildings that we once thought were not worth reusing as imperative for reuse
  • Why we must engage with the original product manufacturers and supply chain from the start to de-risk material reuse

To listen to the full episode on Spotify, click here.

You can also listen to Anna’s insights on transitioning to a circular economy at a recent panel discussion for the UN Global Compact webinar series, here on our website.

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