“I started teaching at the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment in September and I‘m a teacher of experience. I’m in charge of building technology, so I support students in integrating building technology in their architectural projects. The topic that I need to focus on this semester is ‘material cycles’. I especially like it because it falls into the field of holistic architecture, which I have been studying and practicing for over a decade.
This is where the construction industry is failing, it's breaking the natural cycle. Circularity is the western and current way to re-establish these natural cycles, closing the loops and reducing waste in landfills. Circular economy is a way to take charge and share responsibilities. Everyone can do something in their own field of expertise.
Because of the Covid-19 limitations, I am preparing course materials and send them online to the students. With 60 students and 10 tutors we meet online every Friday morning to discuss the urban framework. I have to cover all of the technological parts of the basics: foundations, structure, fire safety, MEP (mechanical, electrical & plumbing). Then with these basics, I include information about material cycles and circularity.
I like the dynamics and interaction with students. I like being confronted with them because students are bold, sometimes arrogant, and without even knowing it they throw challenges at me and I like that. It is a stimulating environment.
‘In construction, you are faced with the reality of the amount of waste that is created’
For the last five years I have been working for a general contractor. During this time, I’ve witnessed so much waste that I felt conflicted professionally and ethically. In construction, you are faced with the reality of the amount of waste that is created. It‘s unbelievable. Every time I work at a construction site, I try to optimise waste and containers, but it’s always just my own initiative.
The economy sometimes goes far too fast to have time to integrate circularity and/or make stakeholders aware of the need to make some change. On a medium sized project, for example, you are talking about 30 cubic metres of plastic. That is really a lot.
I’m happy being at TU Delft because at least with regards to this conflict we will try to pass a better message to the next generation. I can try to support students in being aware of this problem and maybe they will be better and stronger in solving it.”
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