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New Now Next: Maarten Gielen


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Now in its 10th season, New Now Next 2022 returns to in-person talks to take place at The Complex in Dublin city centre. The themes of this year’s talks are the circular economy, spatial equity and sustainable urban development.

Maarten Gielen co-founded Brussels-based Rotor in 2006, where he currently works as a designer, researcher and manager. Rotor champions the re-use of construction materials and advocates for designing buildings with re-use in mind. Drawing on 10 years’ experience in deconstruction, logistics, architecture and building design with used materials, Maarten currently manages the spin-off Rotor DC (Deconstruction), which he co-founded in 2014, which dismantles, salvages and sells re-used building materials.

Maarten will address the urgent question: What systems, infrastructure, and actions are needed to make reuse as normal as using new material? How do we get from here to there?

This talk will be moderated by Janet Lynch. Janet is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng) with Engineers Ireland, Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Lead for Arup Ireland, and Chair for the NSAI committee for Circular Economy in Construction. She has 20 years of professional experience, with expertise in circular economy and net zero strategies for organisations and projects, environmental engineering, green procurement and asset management.

Read more on our news page.

Our 2022 series will continue with a talk by Jos Boys and Richard Dougherty on Wednesday 1 June.

Find out more about New Now Next 2022.

New Now Next is supported by Arup. All events are free.

Photo of Maarten Gielen courtesy of Victor Pattyn.


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Photo of Maarten Gielen by Victor Pattyn. He is wearing a dark blue jacket and standing in front of an open doorway, with a bright yellow-green wall visible behind his left shoulder.