The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched Long Life, Low Energy: Designing for a Circular Economy at its Mann Island building on Liverpool’s historic waterfront.

The free exhibition marks the revival of RIBA North – a world-class architecture centre which has been closed since the pandemic – and the official start of a new partnership between RIBA North and Tate Liverpool.

The exhibition explores how ‘circular economy’ principles will be critical to minimising the environmental impact of building construction, maintenance and demolition which currently accounts for around 40 per cent of global carbon emissions. With 50,000 buildings demolished in the UK each year and construction sites generating 63 per cent of all UK waste, the exhibition examines the history and culture of demolition. It reveals how architects and designers are innovating to reuse materials and repurpose existing buildings, and the ways in which future technologies might help to navigate the climate emergency.

The Tate Liverpool + RIBA North partnership sees Tate joining RIBA North at its Mann Island building while its own Royal Albert Dock building is temporarily closed for redevelopment, due for completion in autumn 2025.

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