ACAN Circular Series : RIBA Stage 8, Deconstruction

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Stage 8 - Deconstruction: 18:30 - 20:00 19/05/21

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ACAN’s Circular Series: RIBA Stage 8, Demolition

Join ACAN on 19th May for the Circular Economy series finale. The topic in question:

How might we close the loop in architecture?

Starting in January, the ACAN Circular Economy group have hosted fortnightly events, at which experts from across the industry helped us interrogate how we can incorporate circularity in UK construction. We got deep into the nitty gritty of how they have achieved circularity in different ways in their work.

To contain these discoveries in a familiar frame of reference, we took one RIBA stage at a time, from strategic definition in Stage 0 through to the building in use at Stage 7.

So what could possibly be left?

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Well, ACAN has a proposition for RIBA. Stage 8: deconstruction and reuse.

New territory, new format:

ACAN will present a number of themes, raised by you, the audience, of the last eight events. Each theme will be assigned a break-out room and you will join the room of your choice. An ACAN coordinator in each room will invite ideas for what one thing about your chosen topic needs to be changed in order to make architecture more circular in the UK. Then, we will regroup and each theme-team will have one minute to pitch their one idea. An event-wide poll will follow, and an ACAN crown of circularity will be awarded to the winning idea.

Bookending what is set to be a lively open-floor evening discussion will be chaired by David Cheshire (Regional Sustainability Director at AECOM) and Duncan Baker-Brown (architect, academic and environmental activist. Author of 'The Re-Use Atlas: a designer's guide towards a circular economy’). The [evening] will be rounded off by a virtual trip to the pub.

The event is free to join, and everyone is welcome regardless of knowledge about the circular economy or whether you’ve attended the previous events in the series. We encourage ACAN regulars to invite their friends from other professions, within the build environment and beyond.

Guest Speakers:

Duncan Baker Brown - Architect, Academic & Environmental Activist and Founder of Baker Brown and author of 'The Re-Use Atlas'

David Cheshire - Regional Sustainability Director at AECOM and author of 'Building Revolutions'

Stage 0, Strategic Definition:

Series introduction: establishing Circular Economy principles within the Strategic Brief

Speakers: Duncan Baker Brown, BBM Sustainable Design Ltd and Richard Boyd, ARUP.

Stage 1, Preparation & Brief: 13:00 - 13:50 28/01/21

Incorporating CE principles into clients’ aspirations, and identifying (and overcoming) barriers.

Speakers: Dan Epstein, Consultant Director of Sustainability at Useful Projects and Nick Fishlock, Project Manager in the Regeneration Team, Brighton & Hove Council

Stage 2, Concept Design: 13:00-13:50, 11/02/21

Creating a circular architectural concept: design strategies and early project development

Speakers: David Cheshire, Regional Sustainability Director at AECOM and Salma Zavari, Architect at Vandkunsten

Stage 3, Spatial Design 13:00-13:50, 25/02/21

Key topics of discussion were: development of circular design considerations, planning and statutory considerations, potential procurement routes, selecting materials, locking in flexibility and adaptability through design, balancing circularity with feasibility, and conducting productive design feedback sessions with the client and project stakeholders.


Georgina Chamberlain - BuroHappold and Taleen Josefsson (A!), Thrive Project Manager - Chetwoods

Stage 4, Technical Design: 13:00 - 13:50 11/03/21

Stage 5, Manufacturing and Construction: 13:00 - 13:50 25/03/21

Stage 6, Handover: 13:00 - 13:50 07/04/21

Watch ALL session on ACAN's YouTube Channel!

Series review and discussion of proposed new stage to address building demolition and reuse.

This meeting will take place over Zoom. Don't forget to register for an email invite link closer to the date.

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