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CIRCuIT partners in Copenhagen to host Circular Construction Camp

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

What: A 60-hour hackathon

Where: BloxHub, Copenhagen

When: From 2nd - 12th February 2021

February 2nd at 9:00 - 18:00

February 3rd at 9:00 - 15:00

February 4th - 11th Open workshop at Viadukten with flexible hours

February 12th at 14:00 - 17:00


CIRCuIT partners GXN, Maker, BLOXHUB and City of Copenhagen invites you to Circular Construction Camp 2021, a 60-hour hackathon of inspiring and challenging co-creation prototype camp, where ideas are developed into practice. Join to take a deep dive into design for disassembly and flexible construction where focus will be on creating circular building components that challenge the status quo. The goal of Circular Construction Camp is to develop, hack and prototype new solutions that increase circularity in construction. The Camp will be run with a focus on collaborating with different professionals as well as getting input and feedback from leading experts in circular construction. If you wish to join, please send your application by January 14th 2021 at the latest.


Why join?

Buildings define the framework of our lives. Globally, we are currently constructing the equivalent of the total square meter of Paris every week. And will continue to do so until 2050. Given that construction is responsible for 1/3 of global CO2 emissions, we need to act now to limit its negative environmental impacts. Join us to co-create the future of sustainable construction.


Who can join?

Anyone working in the built environment who is interested in creating circular building components that challenge the status quo. To participate, you must have ambition, vision and a desire to create something new with others. This is a great opportunity to concentrate on creating new circular building modules.


The following will be provided:

  • Access to Maker’s workshop space Viadukten at Langebro, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Knowledge sharing and feedback from key stakeholders in circular design.

  • Materials for prototypes

  • 7.000 DKK pr. group for participation

  • Catering

  • Exhibitions in BLOXHUB

  • Networking with like-minded people working for sustainability in construction

How to apply

You can apply as an individual or as a group. If you apply as 1-2 people, we reserve the right to form groups of 3 or more. The group sizes have a maximum of 5 people. To be eligible, the application must include:

  • 1 A4 page per group member containing: Short motivation max. 200 words and a short CV

  • 1 A4 page per group member with references

The application must be sent by email to circuitgxn@gmail.com no later than 14.01.2021

We have a participant limit of a maximum of 5 groups, so we'll select participants based on their application and qualifications.


What to expect

There will be a focus on building parts and details to develop new ways of constructing that enables construction for disassembly. We aim to bridge the gap between theory and practice by developing a series of prototypes of circular construction methods. The point of these specific prototypes is to provide an exploration of how to handle concrete challenges in construction.

Rethinking interior fittings

One of the most frequently replaced/changed/demolished parts of our buildings today are interior fittings such as: Non-loadbearing internal walls - partition walls - specifically the gypsum board wall. In general, such walls consist of three main materials: gypsum, steel studs and mineral wool insulation. Partition walls fall into the category of building elements with the shortest replacement rate (10-15 years), which causes an accumulated negative environmental impact. Since 2002, there has been a growing degree of recycling of gypsum boards in the construction industry in Denmark. The same trend goes for mineral wool, although this recycling process is more energy intensive. From a sustainability perspective though, recycling is not the most desired treatment. Instead reuse is preferred.


The purpose of Circular Construction Camp is to develop proposals for how the circular practice of reuse in relation to partition walls can be further increased. In addition, there is potential for the solutions developed during Circular Construction Camp to be scaled broadly and even replicated across Europe to enable a more sustainable construction industry.

  • 5 innovative groups will be selected to participate in Circular Construction Camp.

  • One winning group will be declared and will get their prototype brought to life in a 1:1 mock-up. In addition, an exhibition will be held after of the Camp to display the work of all groups.

  • Apply by January 14th 2021 to participate in Circular Construction Camp

For any clarifying questions, please contact: circuitgxn@gmail.com

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