#17 A Zero Waste World
In this episode of FutureX, Martin and Oliver speak to architect, academic, environmental activist and author of ‘The Re-Use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy’; Duncan Baker-Brown.
Duncan has been a huge supporter of Ecobuild/ Futurebuild for many years. He built the Waste Totem back in 2013 and has curated several Waste Zones there too.
Duncan has practised, researched, and taught around issues of sustainable development and closed-looped systems for more than 25 years. He recently founded BakerBrown, a research-led architectural practice and consultancy, created to address the huge demands presented by the climate and ecological emergency as well as the challenges of designing in a post-COVID world.
Over the years Duncan’s practices (and academic ‘live’ projects) have won numerous accolades including RIBA National Awards and a special award from The Stephen Lawrence Prize for the Brighton Waste House - the prize money has since been used to set up a student prize for circular, closed loop design at the University of Brighton where Duncan teaches.
Listen to this inspiring podcast to hear how we can develop circular construction and circularity within our sector; how we should start testing in situ on construction projects, so the industry can accelerate the adoption of waste streams in newbuilds. You can also hear Duncan’s insights and takeaways from COP27 where he visited as part of RIBA’s delegation.
Finally, there's some chat around using duvets as wall insulation and how to reuse plastic toothbrushes that you don't want to miss…
You can also catch Duncan on the Futurebuild 2023 seminar programme in March. Register today and secure your place at this masterclass session.
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