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At its most basic, innovation means change, and today’s innovators are at the forefront of modern thinking that changes our world, how we perceive it, and how we live within it. By asking thought-provoking questions, they offer inspiring ideas, design breakthrough materials, and develop better methods that constantly transform our daily environment.
Although many see the A/E/C industry as one that lags behind in terms of ingenuity, most of us within it realize that innovation is key to our own survival. For us, innovation typically means building better buildings—ones that are more energy efficient; offer better occupant and user comfort and provide better spaces in which we live work, and play.
However, at SMPS New York, we strive to go beyond, uncovering the latest trends that impact the built environment, so that we can share them with our members and our professional community, giving them the latest knowledge to do their jobs better.
The concept of circular economy is one such wave of innovation that we’ve been hearing a lot about lately (even though it can be traced back to the 1970s). In architecture specifically, it manifests itself as the idea that buildings can be constructed of more durable, longer-lasting materials; be used more intensively; and be deconstructed in a way that allows their components to be more easily reused and recycled.
Although it wasn’t a popular topic 20 or 30 years ago, it’s now widely recognized that the construction industry contributes negatively to the environment. By applying circularity principles to their work, architects, engineers, and contractors can bring about a new era in which new buildings will produce less construction and demolition waste, and less energy will be diverted to manufacturing construction materials, resulting in the added benefit of less pollution.
Registration is open! Join us on Thursday, September 27, 2018, for a cocktail reception and panel at the Steelcase Showroom Penthouse, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., where we will talk with experts from 3XN, Arup, and the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, about circular economy principles and explore their application on real projects. We’ll learn how we can begin to implement them in our own work, gaining beneficial insight that will help our clients and our companies stay ahead of the curve!