Designing for the Circular Economy

Responsible Consumption and Production by Design


December 2022

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS456-22, IDCEC # 117798

About this webinar

The construction industry currently contributes to 40% of the annual greenhouse gas emissions. For the health and wellbeing of the global future, architects and designers play an important role in the transition to a circular economy, which promises a regenerative alternative to the current state of affairs.

A circular economy calls for continuous reuse of building materials, with the reframing of waste as a resource. Systemic changes required to support its large-scale implementation will require a change in design, construction, and demolition processes, as well as in material flow logistics and relevant infrastructure. This course will teach the circular economy in concept, application in practice, and provide a design framework. 

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Taleen Josefsson

Taleen is a Brooklyn-based architect and Passive House Consultant based in Brooklyn who applies a holistic approach to tackling the complex environmental and social issues relating to the built environment. She is devoted to promoting healthy, low-energy architectural solutions that strengthen local communities, economies, and biodiversity. Taleen's work includes research and analysis on building material reuse as a method for reducing our industry’s negative environmental impact, with a proposed circular working method of “Form Follows Availability." She is also an active volunteer in the Architects Climate Action Network and enjoys sharing the latest in sustainability and architectural research via her Instagram: @the_holistic_architect.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  1. Recognize the benefits of circular economy principles for human health and the wellbeing of the planet
  2. Analize working methods & material flow
  3. Apply long-term and short-term strategies for reusing building materials to reduce environmental impact
  4. Describe and apply incentives to increase the reuse of materials and components for various stakeholders

Entire 2023 series

$345 Single payment
12 HSW CE credits

Single session

$45 Single payment
1 HSW CE credit

Entire 2023 series

$29/month 12 Monthly payments
12 HSW CE credits

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