Circular building, circular economies and circular ecologies: Learning from Scottish prehistoric roundhouses

Dr Tanja Romankiewicz
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE


Research into later prehistoric buildings in northwest Europe – and the Scottish roundhouse record in particular – has highlighted how much reusable, renewable building materials such as earth and turf influenced the character of dwelling spaces. What has emerged is a dynamic concept of prehistoric architecture as a metamorphosing process of circular building, embedded in circular economies and ecologies, interwoven with human lives.

This new research now takes a holistic, long-term, multi-disciplinary perspective, by applying these ancient concepts to modern low carbon architecture.