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The Problem

The AECO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction & Operation) industry has become one of the largest consumers of energy and resources on a global scale. The existing linear take-make-waste model can no longer be sustained due to detrimental impacts on the earth’s ecosystem. A transition to a restorative and regenerative sustainable architecture of the future will occur through the application of the circular economy concepts to achieve buildings adaptable to the environment and with positive effects on its occupants. The adoption of circularity in the AECO industry calls for a disruptive innovation that requires rethinking of the ways buildings are designed, built and maintained. The symposium aims to discuss opportunities and challenges of this transition in the Turkish AECO industry and the ways of introducing concepts of circular economy in architecture education.

Our Purpose

Our aim is to focus on the methods and models to lower the carbon footprints of the AECO industry through new design and construction methods, materials and occupation scenarios. The buildings need to be design considering the possible future scenarios of the elements that forms them, including how the elements can be reused, transformed and recycled. The research group focuses on the information technologies that enables the architects, engineers, shareholders and local authorities to design well-informed and resilient systems using the principles of circular economy.

Head of Research Group

Birgül Çolakoğlu

Professor, Istanbul Technical University