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CAADRIA 2022 - Post Carbon - Keynote Panel Discussion 3

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CAADRIA 2022 - Post Carbon

Keynote Roundtable 3
Material Futures

Please join us for this free face to face panel discussion of CAADRIA 2022.

The Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) sector has a devastating effect on the environment and contributes significantly to climate change. It is responsible for almost 50% of the world’s total energy consumption and 40% of global carbon emissions. It consumes 50% of the world’s raw materials and produces 35% of its waste. Yet with rising population we need to build even more to provide housing and infrastructure for all, but with the existing impacts we cannot afford to continue building in the way we do now. Thus, there is a real and urgent need to rethink our current building culture and practices and to find solutions that allow to build more with less material and using renewable resources that create less greenhouse gases while at the same time creating high-quality outcomes.

This panel will focus on what actions are required to create a decarbonised building culture. It will discuss opportunities and challenges for responsible consumption and production and examine the potentials of new material systems, transformative technology and alternative economic business models that can reduce the environmental footprint of our industry.


  • Dr Rumana Hossain (SMART Center, UNSW, Sydney, Australia) 
  • Dr Josephine Vaughan (MECLA, Newcastle,  Australia) 
  • Enrico Zara (Decarbonisation Lead, Arup)
  • Prof Peter Ralph (Director C3, UTS, Sydney, Australia) 
  • Chris Bickerton (BVN, Sydney, Australia) 
  • Dr Rebecca Huntley (Climate change researcher and strategist, Sydney, Australia)
  • Dr Kar Mei Tang (Chief Circular Economist, Circular NSW, Sydney, Australia)

Prof Anna Cristina Pertierra (UTS, Sydney, Australia)

For more information please visit the conference website.

Conference organisers: University of Technology SydneyUNSWUniversity of Sydney

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