Smart Cities

Curving the Linear Model of Construction Towards Circular Buildings

The business case around circular economy approaches in the buildings sector is conclusive and the environmental case against the current linear model of construction, demolition, and disposal is damning —yet wasteful building development culture persists globally. The equivalent building development of the city of Paris will be built each week around the world from now until 2060, according to EMF projections, while older buildings are continually demolished and disposed of. A circular solution is the only way to plug the hole, stop rampant waste, and start generating more value from condemned buildings. “A building is usually reduced to a 'material cemetery' at the end of its life. We want to show how we can create a profit from disassembling and recycling a significant portion of the materials contained in a building's shell,” says Casper Østergaard Christensen, architect and head of circular building practice at GXN. “When building a structure, we should think of all stages of its life […]

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