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From Demolition to Deconstruction

In the following video, Michel Baars, founder of the company New Horizon, discusses urban mining and how his company is driven away from the linear practices of demolition towards, a more controlled deconstruction process using less machines and more people. Their ultimate aim, he says, is to retrieve materials in a way that allows them to be reused.

In the video, Michel Baars described how current technologies allow the reuse of gravel from demolition to the production of new concrete. Here is a video discussing the SmartLiberator(R) : the technology that allows to retrieve the gravel from concrete to reused in new constructions.

TU Delft and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment was involved in a similar line of research with the SeRaMCo project: the aim of the project was to determine applications for reused concrete. A consortium of knowledge institutions and companies from the Benelux countries, France and Germany developed different recipes. Want to know the products developed by TU Delft? Read this story!

For more information about the project you can also visit its official website.

Circularity for Educators

The platform is intended to provide with content on either circularity or pedagogy for and about circularity. It is one of the outcomes of the Circular Impulse Initiative (CII), a project intending to enhance the integration of circularity in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment education. The platform mainly aims to help tutors get better acquainted with circularity in the built environment by providing a series of resources on this subject that they can either view to get better informed or directly share with their students in class or online. A large number of the Faculty's professors and researchers have contributed substantially both in creating a coherent narrative for circularity in the built environment as well as further elaborating on different aspects of it. Besides this one, a new platform for interaction and direct exchange was also established in parallel that we call ‘Educators for Circularity‘. This one offers the opportunity for all of us to meet and share our experiences and learn from one another.

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