Press Release:
University of Brighton showcases solutions for a more responsible future

The University of Brighton is to host three days of talks, debates and exhibitions about solving the world-wide problem of waste. Taking place as part of ecobuild’s Sustainability Showcase between 6-8th March 2018 at the ExCel in London, high profile speakers taking to the stage include Duncan Baker Brown (creator of The Waste House 2014) David Benjamin (recently highlighted by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of ‘25 inventors, entrepreneurs and disrupters who are changing the world’) and renowned Professor Walter Stahel (pioneer of the circular economy concept).

Curated by Duncan Baker Brown and Nick Gant of the University of Brighton’s School of Architecture and Design, the WasteZone will provide a platform to discuss some of the most innovative design solutions to the huge task of cleaning up our waste. Plastic and other toxic materials are now plaguing Planet Earth after hundreds of years of inventing, using and throwing away materials with no end-of-life strategy. Following the recent strides made by the likes of David Attenborough and Greenpeace in bringing widespread awareness to this fundamental issue, the University of Brighton’s ‘Responsible Futures’ agenda aims to improve environments and create knowledge and interventions that change political, legal and business cultures.

With a particular emphasis on the property and construction industry, The WasteZone at ecobuild will explore the ways in which we can move away from a ‘take, make, use and throw away’ culture, towards a more intelligent, circular system where materials are recycled and re-used. Over 30 experts from the fields of architecture, design and resource management – as well as forward-thinking suppliers, up-cyclers and material bankers – will join the debate.

Discussions at The WasteZone will be supported by an exhibition of products, materials and buildings as well as new digital platforms and films which are enabling an emergent circular economy. The exhibition area will itself be made of recycled materials.

Duncan Baker Brown, Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton said: “I believe that within the next five years the construction industry is poised to turn its ‘take, make, use and throw away’ culture into a more resourceful, profitable and environmentally friendly circular system.”

“We need to see policy changes and have an open discussion about how we get there. I am pleased to welcome an impressive line up of speakers to The WasteZone 2018, who will help identify how innovation in this particular industry can be designed to contribute to improved environments.”

Martin Hurn, Managing Director of Futurebuild Events Ltd, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting The WasteZone as part of our innovative sustainability showcases. The question of tackling and reducing the amount of waste we produce has never been more relevant. This is the place to visit for people who want to learn more about harnessing waste as a valuable resource for a variety of projects.”

To attend the event, register for your free ticket here.

About The University of Brighton Responsible Futures

The Brighton Futures (Responsible, Creative, Connected, Healthy, Radical) are an exciting new thematic agenda at the heart of the University’s research and enterprise agenda.

Responsible Futures is looking at how technology, ideas, innovation and organisational change in a range of social, business, educational and creative contexts can be managed better and designed to contribute to economic growth, improved environments and a more inclusive society.

The aim is to create knowledge and interventions that change political, scientific, artistic, education, legal and business cultures. Its researchers will also generate new ideas for managing responsible change in policy, business and the voluntary sector. Responsible Futures research will contribute to the creation of a more just and environmentally sustainable society.

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/brighton-futures/brighton-futures.aspx

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About the University of Brighton’s School of Architecture and Design

The University of Brighton embraces individuality and encourages its students to be curious and to see where this can lead.

Headed by internationally-renowned architect Professor Robert Mull, and with a teaching staff that includes award-winning practitioners, the School of Architecture & Design takes a progressive, design-led, hands-on and collaborative approach. Themed vertical studios encourage enquiry, preparing students for professional practice. An extensive programme of visiting architects, designers and researchers and field trips, placements and site visits bring subject specialisms vibrantly to life.

Students are enabled to develop their own voice alongside the skills needed to take an idea to a finished project by working together on live briefs and projects with communities in the local area and beyond.

More information here.

About ecobuild

Ecobuild is the UK’s largest and number one event for specifiers across the built environment. Taking place 6– 8 March 2018, Ecobuild attracts over 30,000 high-calibre, senior-level decision makers and influencers from architects and developers to local government and major infrastructure clients.

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