The Waste Zone at FutureBuild 2019

Activity: EventsEvent


A three day symposium and exhibition focusing on concepts around design and the Circular Economy, particularly ideas of the Circular City. Over 55 speakers presented over three days including Prof. Michael Braungart author of 'Cradle to Cradle; re-making the way we make things'. Exhibition was designed and constructed by Nick Gant and included early findings from their EU INTERREG SB&WRC research project.  
The Waste Zone returned for the third time at FutureBuild in 2019. It was curated once again by architect, academic, and author, Duncan Baker-Brown. The event included an exhibition showing how waste can be a valuable resource for the construction industry. Another new feature was The Circular Economy Hub where invited suppliers will got the opportunity to show their innovative closed loop products. As before, there was the central seminar space where over 55 speakers will be invited to discuss the challenges and opportunities the Circular Economy presents.
Duncan says “In the last ten years the construction industry has nearly halved the amount of construction and demolition waste it creates, and it is also exceeding EU waste reduction targets. This is great news. In 2017 London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) identified that by 2036 a Circular Economy could provide London with net benefits of up to £7bn per annum, with up to 12,000 new jobs. I feel that the construction industry is very well placed to take advantage of this, and with over with over 50% of the World’s population now residing in cities, they are now the main driver for economic growth and have the potential to power a successful Circular Economy. So I have invited as many designers, consultants, constructors, thought leaders, and suppliers as I can think of to share their knowledge and hopefully inspire visitors to Futurebuild 2019 take advantage of the financial and employment benefits a Circular Economy will provide.”
Period5 Mar 20197 Mar 2019
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Sustainability
  • Circular Economy
  • Circular Cities
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Re-Use
  • Reduce
  • Zero Waste
  • Closed Loop Systems