Emphasis of the conference

While there is an exponential growth in population, there is decline in the resources necessary to sustain this population due to the existing global industrial systems. The emphasis of the conference is on innovative design and engineering methods that will contribute to the process of redefining the quality of life in cities and rethinking the way we create, make and use artefacts and resources that will enable circular economy and circular built environment.

This subject integrates issues from green cities, transformation of cities, mobility to spatial adaptability and flexibility of building systems, heritage and transformation of existing urban fabric, up to material productivity, bio based construction and energy saving. As such, this is a concept that can integrate research themes from transformation of cities and buildings “function neutral buildings”, flexibility, “customization of industry”, “supply driven design” to “design for reconfiguration, reuse and disassembly”, development of policy regulations and standards aiming at reducing use of virgin materials and, development of circular business models and assessment tools and methods, that will support recovery and reuse of materials.

Development of the research agenda with respect to this topic deals with issues such as, life cycle performance of buildings, design methodology and protocols for reversible buildings / buildings as material banks, systems development, reuse, renewable materials, 3D manufacturing, and development of performance measurement tools.

This subject integrates issues that range across green city design, models of mobility and infrastructure that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, noise and pollution, adaptability and flexibility of buildings and building systems to extend their life cycle and recover materials for reuse, C2C (Cradle to Cradle), green products, material stewardship through design for re manufacturing, up-cycling and energy saving.