Circular Economy: Current practices in construction and property


Architecture Today webinar: How does the Circular Economy mesh with current practices in construction and property? 

On Wednesday 24th June, Drees & Sommer UK’s Head of Engineering Marco Abdallah joined a panel of leading UK architects and built environment experts to discuss Cradle to Cradle applications in the built environment. 

The webinar, which was hosted by Architecture Today in association with Shueco UK ltd, also explored the definitions of Cradle to Cradle and the Circular economy and what the future holds for sustainable construction. 

Marco Abdallah was joined by renowned architecture journalist and author Ruth Slavid as chairperson, in addition to panellists Sunand Prasad, co-founder of Penoyre & Prasad architects and board member of the UK Green Building Council (UCGBC), Duncan Baker-Brown, co-founder of BBM Sustainable Design ltd and award-winning architecture Maria Smith, of Buro Happold. 

Kicking off the discussion, Duncan Baker-Brown discussed his experience designing the Greenwich Millenium Village, renowned for its sustainability credentials. 

Duncan added: “We have to think about the ecological footprint. This is one of the reasons we want to reuse and reuse, so we don’t have to inflict that damage on planet earth again. 

Drees & Sommer’s Marco Abdallah explained the history of Cradle to Cradle applications and how the built environment is today embracing the circular economy. 

“It’s a great opportunity for every one of us… to reduce embodied carbon is the newest challenge for architects — and Cradle to Cradle is key to that,” said Marco.

Sunand Prasad added: “Even more critical, I think, will be what sort of business models will incentivise the use of circularity and naturally incentivise the urge and ability to become more circular.”

Rounding off the initial discussion, Maria Smith called for wider socioeconomic change to truly encourage sustainable construction. 

To find out more about the circular economy and Cradle to Cradle, contact Marco Abdallah at