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Arup circular economy specialists to participate at virtual WasteBuild 2021 conference

Zaida Espana Zaida España Europe Press Office
6 July 2021

Arup continues to support the transition towards a circular and regenerative built environment, with five specialists from across the firm participating in the WasteBuild 2021 conference.

The WasteBuild conference brings together leading architects, engineers, designers and developers that work together to create innovative circular solutions for the built environment. Focused on delivering a low-carbon recovery, this year’s event will highlight the importance of circularity as a catalyst for global recovery in a post-pandemic world.

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Arup continues to support the transition towards a circular and regenerative built environment, with five specialists from across the firm participating in the WasteBuild 2021 conference.

Material transition is key to meet climate neutral and circular goals by 2030. ” Edwin Thie Edwin Thie Senior Bridge Engineer

A range of Arup circular economy experts will share their thinking to help the built environment transition towards circular design solutions. Bridge Engineer Edwin Thie, based in Amsterdam, will make the case for the use of mass timber as a clean alternative for short span highway bridges, using a recent feasibility study as an example.

Milan-based Senior Project Manager Özlem Ayalp will explore how interior architecture can embrace circularity, designing retail spaces that are adaptable, flexible and easy to disassemble and rebuild.  

As part of a panel discussion, Structural Engineer Grace di Benedetto will examine what a reuse economy could look like for the construction industry, while Senior Engineers Emily Walport and Richard Boyd from our London office will discuss their work on a collaborative research project with property firm Grosvenor to increase material re-use, reduce embodied carbon and shift the UK built environment towards circular economy solutions. 

Finally, Richard Boyd will be joined by Carmen Valache of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Julia Vol from Rockwool and Delphine Gautier Webb from COS, in a breakfast session which unpacks the value of partnerships, how to forge a successful circular partnership and what is needed to work towards shared circular goals. 

Arup’s commitment to the circular economy was formalised in 2016, when we became knowledge partners of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, promoting the application of circular economy principles.

Some of our recent reports on circularity include our thinking on how to unlock value in the property market, supporting contractors to include circular approaches in infrastructure work, as well as strategies to unlock opportunities for all players across the value chain.

Learn more about our circular economy work