National Trust South East Conference
This year’s theme “A Spotlight on Forever”
Location: H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Woking
Date: Wednesday 6th September 2017
We are delighted to announce that Duncan will be speaking at this years National Trust South East conference. The theme for this year is “A Spotlight on Forever” and will explore how the National Trust will deliver their strategy in a sustainable way.
Duncan’s talk entitled Designers can save the world will explore several of the case studies featured in his critically acclaimed book “The Re-Use Atlas: A designers guide to the circular economy” and discuss the award winning Brighton Waste House.
The Re-Use Atlas is a highly illustrated ‘atlas’, taking the reader on a journey, via four distinct ‘steps’ (recycling, reuse, reduce, closed loop), from our current ‘linear economy’ towards a system emulating the natural world, i.e, a ‘circular economy’. Featuring over 25 detailed case studies describing design exemplars from the worlds of textile & fashion design, product design, interior architecture, architecture and urban design, its purpose is to show designers how they can successfully navigate and exploit the emerging field of resource management and the circular economy. Each step is supplemented with an in depth interview with an expert who is successfully tackling one or more of these challenges that present all designers today. For more information on the Re-Use Atlas visit our blog which provides an insight into several of the case studies featured in the book.
The Brighton Waste House is the first permanent ‘carbon negative’ public building in Europe to be constructed from approximately 90% waste, surplus material & discarded plastic gathered from the construction and other industries, as well as our homes. It has Full Planning & Building Regulations Approvals. It tries to prove “that there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place!” The project continues a line of research by BBM considering truly sustainable sources of materials and construction systems, or to be more precise truly ‘circular metabolisms’ that will one day help create a ‘Circular Economy’.