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The Circular Building Product Canvas

The component scale is crucial in the transition to a circular built environment. In this video, Olga presents the Circular Building Product Canvas, an heuristic framework we can use to map and manage the making of circular building products.

Main Takeaways

  • The Circular Building Product Canvas is an heuristic framework we can use both for identifying the circular characteristics of a building product, but also for further exploring a product’s potential to become circular.
  • The Circular Building Product Canvas consists of four domains: [1] Materials; [2] Design; [3] Manufacturing; and [4] Management.
  • There is no one way of using the Canvas: one can start analyzing an existing product or an idea for a product from any of the four domains. However, it is important that eventually all domains are taken into consideration and their interdependencies are recognized.

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Olga Ioannou
Olga Ioannou
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ing. Olga Ioannou is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology of TU Delft. She works for the chair of Building Product Innovation. She is in the steering committee of the Circular Built Environment Hub at TU Delft and a member of the Architectural Facades & Products (AF+P) group. Her expertise lies in architectural education, network learning and knowledge creation within the extended communities of knowledge. This is why she is now actively involved in developing programs for integrating circularity in the A+BE faculty curricula across all departments and levels of education.   

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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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