Running from October 19 – 27, Dutch Design Week 2019 will explore themes that are as diverse as they are challenging and timely, casting its focus as much on the speculative idea as the finished product. This year’s Dutch Design Week aims to shake things up through re-evaluating the status quo and showing visitors the endless possibilities we have right now that could make the world a nicer, better and more sustainable place.

On Saturday 19 October, Dezeen will host a panel discussion exploring the circular economy in architecture. Hosted by Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, the panel will feature architect Marco Vermeulen, architect and author Thomas Rau and Hester van Dijk, co-founder of design agency Overtreders W.

The circular economy is a sustainable economic model in which waste and pollution are eliminated while ecosystems are nurtured rather than exploited.

The panel will explore how the circular economy applies to the built environment and how architects can implement its principles to the buildings they design.

Marco Vermeulen is the founder of Studio Marco Vermeulen, a design office working within architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. Its projects considers how energy transition, food production and cycles of raw materials can help improve the quality of our cities. It has previously designed an energy efficient museum embedded into a wetland area in Rotterdam.

Thomas Rau is the founder of Amsterdam-based firm RAU Architects. The practice aims to incorporate circular practices into their projects such as a thatched reed covered bird observatory that can be easily dismantled and rebuilt in a different location. He is also the co-author of Material Matters, a book written with Sabine Oberhuber, which explores sustainable ways of consumption and production.

Hester Van Dijk is the co-founder of Amsterdam design agency Overtreders W. The agency’s projects often employ the principles of the circular economy such as its temporary, zero waste barn and restaurant made from borrowed materials.

The concept has been gaining media attention as of late with London mayor Sadiq Khan calling for architects to design for the circular economy. As part of the Mayor’s Good Growth by Design Programme, the Mayor’s Design Advocates and other industry experts have been looking at how to embed circular economy principles into built environment practices and adopt less resource-hungry approaches to the delivery of buildings and infrastructure. London’s built environment sector must now adopt this approach in its everyday practice. Here you can read the primer Design for a Circular Economy.

Dutch Design Week 2017 | Photography Filip Dujardin

Examples of architectural projects that embrace principles of the circular economy include a reusable, recyclable and compostable building made from cork designed by Studio Bark, Upcycle Studios and my other projects by Lendager Group and the People’s Pavilion at Dutch Design Week in 2017 by Overtreders W, which was built using borrowed and recycled materials. Amongst furniture projects examples are: Artek 2nd Cycle, the Artek’s platform for pre-loved furniture which offers these re-discovered pieces for sale, beginning a second cycle in their live; the “rock” table by the Spanish Sancal, a Life Cycle Analysis was done to re-design this product with minor environmental impacts or the Dutch wood working company Herso uses reclaimed wood to make new products, from furniture to floors or Rype Office, offering three furniture options for customers: New, Remade or Refreshed, each appealing to different client preferences and openness to new business models and remanufactured products.

Location: Entresol, Klokgebouw 50
Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 17.00 hrs

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Discover more about the Dutch Design Week 2019 here