Circular Material Systems: anticipating whole-system design in architecture and construction

dc.contributor.authorHubmann, Georg
dc.contributor.authorvan Maaren, Vera
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-15T14:56:22Z
dc.date.available2022-11-15T14:56:22Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.date.updated2022-09-16T03:14:43Z
dc.description.abstractThe construction sector is one of the most resource intense and environmentally damaging industries in the world. A promising approach to counteract this is to use principles of the Circular Economy (input reduction, reuse, and recycling) to ensure the continuity of value of a building’s materials. Thus, we translated the learnings of an in-depth case study analysis including four buildings and their construction processes into a definition and framework for circular construction. We conceptualise buildings as circular systems that produce reusable components or biodegradable materials by practices operating across a building’s lifecycle. These practices do not only include material and design aspects to close biological and technological loops, but also immaterial practices such as knowledge and expertise, locality, management and skills, and information. We argue that these organisational aspects that go beyond the current state of the art are critical enablers for circularity in construction. This perspective is relevant for practitioners in the field and allows for a new and holistic look at buildings as ‘waste generators’ or, in a positive scenario, as ‘material depots’. Designing for recycling and reuse will require architects to build collaborations and knowledge across and beyond material value chains.en
dc.identifier.eissn1755-1315
dc.identifier.issn1755-1307
dc.identifier.urihttps://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/17674
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-16459
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
dc.subject.ddc500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematikde
dc.subject.ddc720 Architekturde
dc.subject.othercircular constructionen
dc.subject.othersustainable architectureen
dc.subject.othercircular economyen
dc.subject.otherbuilt environmenten
dc.subject.otherwhole-system designen
dc.titleCircular Material Systems: anticipating whole-system design in architecture and construction
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber012002
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.1088/1755-1315/1078/1/012002
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.issue1
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Scienceen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameIOP
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBristol
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume1078
tub.accessrights.dnbfree
tub.affiliationTechnische Universität Berlin::Fak. 6 Planen Bauen Umwelt::Inst. Architektur::FG Städtebau und nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung
tub.publisher.universityorinstitutionTechnische Universität Berlin
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