Material reuse - often referred to as upcycling - is a fundamental part of building more circularity into our economy and the lives of our cities. This rapid-fire round-table will discuss some of the issues and dive into reuse enabling projects currently underway in Montreal, Atlanta, Berlin and Barcelona.
Shannon Goodman, M. Arch.
Shannon is an architect and the executive director of the Lifecycle Building Center in Atlanta, Georgia, a model center of its kind for creative reuse, working closely with industry and the community to encourage material circularity in the area.
Faisal Shennib, Ph.D. Candidate in Smart Cities
Faisal's research at Concordia University examines how advances in data mining, big data, remote sensor technology, and machine learning algorithms can be applied to improving waste management and circular economy activities at local scales. He is notably working on a recommender system to stimulate the consumption of materials from reuse centers.
Isabel Ordoñez, Ph.D. in Sustainable Design
Initially trained as an industrial designer in Chile, Isabel is currently a researcher in Circular Economy and Recycling Technologies at TU-Berlin, and a professor and researcher at Elsava school of engineering and design in Barcelona. Much of Isabel's research centers around resource recovery from waste, and she has been notably been researching Centers for Urban Remanufacture (CURE's).
Patrick Pearce, MDes - 2nd year
Patrick is a furniture & object designer and strategist pursuing a master of design at Concordia University where his research centers on scaling up upcycling for objects. As part of his research and creative work, he has been studying design processes for reuse, notably in the area of architecture, and working to gain access to waste flow materials from the city as well as industry sources.