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Applying circular economy approaches to building design and placemaking

Start date: 24-10-2019 End date: 24-10-2019
Workshop for the build environment sector discussing application of Circular Economy principles for sustainable placemaking.

About this Event

A free, one-day workshop, run in partnership between Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Ecological Design Association, aimed at businesses and individuals working in the built environment sector, exploring how applying Circular Economy principles to building design will help:

  • future proof both the industry and our infrastructure, and
  • create opportunities into the wider agenda of placemaking as a contribution to a Circular Economy.

The Scottish Government is currently writing the Circular Economy Bill and has recently announced a target of zero carbon by 2045. Together with climate change adaptation, an ageing population, material resilience, digital technology, and skill shortages there are many drivers for changing the way we approach designing, procuring and constructing our built environment. We need to start designing a built environment fit for the future, now. Applying Circular Economy principles and adopting One Planet Living is a natural common-sense approach and is good for business.

Join our event to hear from professionals and experts on the subject. Come to be inspired and motivated to take action and be part of the solution to a climate emergency.


  • Keynote speaker – Craig McLaren, Royal Town Planning Institute, Scotland Director
  • Circular Economy Principles in practice – Sandy Halliday, Gaia Architects
  • Long life, loose fit design strategies – Neil Sutherland, Makar
  • Whole life value of circular materials and material passports – Brain Murphy, NGS
  • Design for One Planet Living through infrastructure, landscape & cities of small distances – Marianne Heaslip, URBED
  • Combining circular Modern Methods of Construction with traditional materials – Craig White, Modcell TAM
  • Case studies from home and abroad – Sam Forster, Architect and Clive Bowman , Zero Waste Scotland
  • Workshop activities – Where and how can we integrate Circular Economy into placemaking / What evidence do we need to influence policy makers

This event is being jointly organised by Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA)

Refreshments will be available on arrival, tea /coffee and pastries. A buffet vegetarian lunch will be provided.

24-10-2019 - 24-10-2019
10.00 - 16.00
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infimary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ
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