Circular Design Launch

Circular Design Launch


New book: Circular Design—Towards territorial regeneration

by Jörg Schröder, Riccarda Cappeller, Alissa Diesch, Federica Scaffidi, Design by Anna Pape

Special guests:

Angélica Benatti Alvim, São Paulo, Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Lionel Billiet, Rotor, Bruxelles

17 January 2023, 18-21:00

in the series TUESDAY AT 6

Leibniz University Hannover, Faculty of Architecture and Landscape

Herrenhäuser Str. 8, D-30419 Hannover

Lecture hall and Foyer, with Apéro
Moderation: Rebekka Wandt

Circularity ideas and circular economy are highly discussed topics in the context of climate change. In this event, we want to shed light on the influence of these topics on architecture, urban and territorial design and their interrelation with sustainability—leading to a new paradigm of Circular Design.

Angélica Benatti Alvim is Full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of Mackenzie Presbyterian University (UPM) in São Paulo, partner of Leibniz University Hannover in a double-degree doctoral programme. She obtained her Masters’ and PhD (2003) at the University of Sao Pãulo. At UPM, she has been coordinator of the doctoral programme, and was president of the national association for doctoral research in Brazil. Her experience in architecture and urbanism is focused on projects on urban space, mobility, land use, urban planning, and policies. She is leading a research group on dynamics, planning and design in contemporary urban territories: networks, systems, and processes. In her lecture in Hannover she addresses climate change and inclusiveness: “Sustainability in projects for the urbanisation of precarious settlements in Brazil”.

Lionel Billiet joined Rotor after graduating as a bio-engineer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2010. Within Rotor, Lionel mainly works on topics related to the reuse of building elements, and on construction and demolition waste. In 2013, he was in charge of Rotor’s Opalis project, the first exhaustive study of the professional sector for reclaimed building materials performed in Belgium, Lionel also played a key role in launching the spin-off Rotor Deconstruction, an innovative salvage company active in the reclamation of interior components from post-war tertiary buildings. Lionel also carries out consultancy missions and advises professional building actors on reuse through workshops and lectures. In his lecture in Hannover he addresses dynamics of change: “Different ways we tried (and sometimes succeded) to push the boundaries of reuse of building components”.

The presentation of the new book Circular Design, by Jörg Schröder, Riccarda Cappeller, Alissa Diesch, and Federica Scaffidi is combined with an open discussion in the Foyer, in particular with the students and young architects who contributed to the book.

The book Circular Design presents an urbanistic perspective on circularity and circular economy in the context of climate change. Closed loops, reuse, recycling, and renewable materials are already fashionable ideas in architecture and product design. In order to establish the new paradigm of circular design, this book introduces a territorial dimension to the goal of transforming living spaces for resilience and sustainability—and to the use of design-led research and design-thinking as effective forces for analysis, developing concepts and strategies, and cooperative processes of transformation. Featuring case studies from all over Europe that merge creative narratives in urbanism with social innovation and creative industries, Circular Design aims to activate dynamic fields and networks of ideas, people, and space oriented to circular principles. The book is published by JOVIS in Berlin. For a preview: