Prof. Dr. Walter R. Stahel at by KIT

2018 symposium by the KIT Faculty of Architecture

As a pioneer, Prof. Dr. Walter R. Stahel outlined his vision of an economy in loops (or circular economy) and its impact on job creation, economic competitiveness, resource savings and waste prevention as early as the 1980s. At the 2018 symposium, held by the KIT Faculty of Architecture in 2018, he presents his proposals for a circular economy in the construction sector.

In his lecture “Circular Economy for Beginners” at the symposium Walter Stahel first mediated basic knowledge about a circular economy. He focused his attention particularly on the importance of renovation in industry, but above all in the construction sector. Examples underpin his statements and create a clarity that makes it easy to get started with the topic.

Walter Stahel is a Swiss political, economic and management consultant, and founder and director of the Geneva “Institute for Product-Life Research” (The Product-Life Institute), a non-profit organization that aims to integrate economy and ecology by showing new ways of economic development. Walter Stahel studied architecture and local, regional and national planning at the ETH Zurich. In 2005 Stahel became a member of the Consumer Commission of Baden-Württemberg and heads the chapter on sustainable development. Since 2012 he has been a full member of the Club of Rome. He is an advisor to several working groups of the European Commission.