Welcome to the School of Re-Construction 2021 which is the digital summer school part of the FCRBE project which stands for Facilitating the circulation of reclaimed building elements and is co-funded by the EU’s North Western Europe Interreg Fund. This is a 4-year research project focussing on the discipline of building de-construction (as opposed to demolition) and crucially the re-use of de-constructed building components into building projects. So why is this issue so important in contemporary design & architecture? Well the built environment is responsible for consuming 50% of all raw materials mined and harvested annually, as well as creating over 45% of all CO2 emissions worldwide, and in the UK generating over 60% of all waste going to landfill and incineration – that’s 120 million tonnes of useful resources thrown away! Therefore, if we can find ways to dramatically reduce the amount of stuff the built environment consumes then we (humans) can go some way towards reducing our negative impact of our beautiful host planet.

With this challenge in mind, the School of Re-Construction has assembled some of the world’s leading academics and practitioners considering authentic low carbon closed-loop sustainable design & architecture. We have invited applications from students of design, architecture, construction or engineering  based at universities in North West Europe .  As result, we have 70 students from across the world  joining our experts to work in 11 teams for two weeks in August (02nd-13th) considering a range of themes building on the ideas explored by the FCRBE project. In addition we have a packed programme of digital events that are open to the public running for the duration of the summer school. Please take a look at the Programme.  We would like to invite the public to join our scheduled Key Speaker and Panel discussions.  Please get involved by signing up to the events listed on the Public Events page.