An Evening Event On Sustainability: Can Designers Save The World?

'sustainable design' 'Duncan Baker-Brown'

As we enter 2018, sustainability is never far from the top of the news agenda, and rightly so. Whether it’s the new ‘latte levy’ or the need to rid the world’s seas of waste plastic or the fact that offshore wind is fast becoming the cheapest form of large-scale, low-carbon power generation, let alone that China have now placed a ban on importing plastics for recycling, the next attention-grabbing headline seems only moments away.

For small business owners, there are sound economic reasons for doing things in a more sustainable way, but in small companies, it’s often a struggle just to keep on top of the day to day tasks. With sustainability increasingly on the agenda for small businesses, Locate East Sussex is teaming up with the De La Warr Pavilion to host an early evening event on sustainability with East Sussex-based architect Duncan Baker-Brown, who will be presenting a talk entitled “Can Designers Save the World?”

An expert in contemporary methods of ecology-friendly building design, architect and academic Duncan Baker-Brown leads the practice BBM Sustainable Design, bringing sustainable design practice and philosophy to his teaching and scholarly projects at the University of Brighton.

Students, designers and engineers think about sustainable design in ever more sophisticated ways. Many small business owners are unsure about how to apply sustainable practices to their work, and worry that they might lack the creativity to develop a new business model. Designers have the power to help small businesses do things in a more sustainable way, helping them to rethink and redesign their products and services lowering the barriers to adopting sustainable practices.

In his talk, Duncan will reflect on the issues and inspiring projects covered in his new book, The Re-Use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy and discuss how with creativity and innovation we can build a restorative economy. His research tests the viability of a number of practices and materials, recognising the potential of discarded “waste” as a valuable resource in the future of building, as well as live projects as valuable teaching aides. Through his projects he fosters community development and regeneration, drawing on apprentice builders and students, informing young people of all ages as to their role in sustainable living.

The event will attempt to bring together small business owners, designers, architects and engineers interested in the sustainable buzz around the circular economy to discuss the economic advantages and how, by taking this approach, you can be creative and collaborate with other businesses within East Sussex to make your own practices more sustainable.

Duncan’s talk will be followed by a question/answer session and an opportunity to network with designers, architects and other local business owners and sustainability experts.

Join us on Wednesday 31 January from 6 – 8 pm

Drinks reception from 6pm

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 1DP

NOTE: The event is now sold out. If you have RSVP to the event, please tell us if you are not planning on come to the event as there is still interest.


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