Non-linear: the new materials economy


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What will the buildings of the future be made of? The construction industry is a material and energy hungry sector, accounting for a staggering forty percent of global CO2 emissions.

Architects, designers and engineers are taking up the challenge to overhaul the materials economy. They are embracing new materials and processes, reducing our dependence on finite resources and minimising waste and redundancy.

In this discussion, panelists from across the industry will talk about how they are adapting their practices to account for the intrinsic value of raw materials. They will consider the principles of circularity, including design for disassembly, reuse and adaptability. The panelists will also reflect on the possibilities posed by the emergence of new materials and products that sequester carbon, such as mycelium, hemp, algae and timber.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.