Sustainability has become the major focus and thrust area in every discipline for the past few years. This increasing demand for ‘sustaining life’ for being just and inclusive to all living beings on this earth has paved the way for researchers, academicians, professionals and governments to work on various new concepts and agendas. Circular economy is one such concept under the umbrella of sustainability. It is not a new concept as the age old settlements were circular systems having a symbiotic relationship with nature. These systems have developed into more linear models in due course of time due to industrialization, urbanization and globalization. The alarming situations in different parts of the world as a result of climate change, global warming etc. needs to be carefully thought of as aftereffects of such linear models. Circular economy strives to achieve a closed loop model, a concept based on “cradle to cradle” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. “The circular economy is essentially an environmental change in response to the global need for an ecological economy, which requires human economic activities that are consistent with the three 'R's principles: Reduce, reuse, and recycle” (Ying, J. et al, 2012). It is a positive socio economic and ecological model put into practice in all disciplines as our resources are scarce and fast depleting. Circular economy brings in effective solutions to mitigate the hazardous effects of climate change, global warming, pollution and biodiversity loss. Moreover the concept of circular economy helps in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- To understand the concepts, various prospects and value of ‘Circular Economy’.
- To explore the various tangents of the concept, its multidisciplinary views in building construction and allied disciplines.
- To understand, assess and follow the practice of circular economy in varied scales and to build awareness and capacity building.
FRAMEWORKThe workshop will equip the participants to learn and enrich their knowledge about circular economy. The various dimensions of circular economy, its definitions, and relevance can be elaborated to ground this concept. It is necessary to understand different ways and approaches taken all over the world as case examples through the eyes of entrepreneurs and professionals; focusing on building construction and industry. This will help the participants to understand the success stories and positive impacts of the circular economy, how it is mutually beneficial for all, the multidisciplinary nature and the future opportunities and challenges it holds.
22-24 NOVEMBER 2021