Identifying areas that need systemic change, both across the industry and at a cultural level, and then developing disruptive, collaborative responses about how change can be achieved, resulting in systems maps to show what change (and new system infrastructure) is needed to meet the grand challenge.

In order to address the Grand Challenges, the SDF Think Tank will need to:

  1. GATHER EVIDENCE – Gather data, commission think papers, examine projects and practice, investigate national and international standards, consider paradigm shifts, and identify barriers to change in the current system.
  2. PROPOSE ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS – Develop frameworks, identify infrastructure and systems requirements and create futures options, in the form of think papers, through participatory events & engagement.
  3. CATALYSE CHANGE – Catalyse collaborative action towards system change, in terms of engagement with other bodies to get their buy-in and shared ownership of the system-change proposals. Activities will include client enabling, policy briefings and broader culture change activities such as awards, peer reviews, events, presentations, exhibitions, press/ PR and knowledge bases.

circular economy grand challenge

The first grand challenge we will address is how to develop a circular economy for the built environment, with a particular focus on re-usable buildings (i.e. design for deconstruction). Initial work by the ASBP and others highlights the systemic barriers that prevent the adoption of re-usable buildings. The SDF will collaborate with other thought leaders, including Forum for the Future and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), to determine how these barriers can be overcome and then to drive change towards greater delivery of re-usable buildings and components.