Earlier this month The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) invited Duncan to be one of the two keynote speakers at thier Architects Day. Duncan teamed up with Jelle Feringa for the mornings talk entitled “Mindset“.
The day had two themes: technology and sustainability. Duncan discussed several of BBM’s projects including The University of Brighton’s Waste House and his recent RIBA publication The Re-Use Atlas: A designers guide to the circular economy. The highly illustrated ‘atlas’ takes the reader on a journey, via four distinct ‘steps’ (recycling, reuse, reduce, closed loop), from the current ‘linear economy’ towards a system emulating the natural world, i.e, a ‘circular economy’.
The venue for the Architects day was Prodentfabriek, a stimulating environment which was formerly an old toothpaste factory. Built in 1936 and designed by architect Philippe Anne Warners the building has varied in use from a tube factory to an office building and finally closing in 2011 as a production factory for toothpaste. In 2013 a developer Schipper Bosch purchased the site which marked the starting point for the redevelopment project The New City.