The third in a series of online events hosted by Scheuco UK and Architecture Today explored the need for cradle-to-cradle construction and how much progress has been made in turning this concept into reality.

Sunand Prasad said, “Circularity is the latest paradigm for an increasing understanding of the world and how we live both with nature and as nature, that has been evolving for 60, 70, 80 or more years.” The circular economy can, he said, be defined by the fact that “We talk about throwing things away. But where is away? There is no away. Therefore, we have to be circular – there is no choice. And the construction industry has an enormous opportunity to make a difference to the circular economy of the world.”

The panel chaired by Ruth Slavid comprised Duncan Baker-Brown, co-founder of BBM Sustainable Design, and Technology & Practices Lead at the School of Architecture & Design, University of Brighton; Marco Abdallah, Head of Engineering UK at Drees & Sommer; Sunand Prasad, co-founder of Penoyre & Prasad and former RIBA president; and Maria Smith, Director of Sustainability at Buro Happold.

View the discussion here.