Research & Technology

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT has always been and still is a never ending integrative activity for the CRI Council and MISSION 2030 Stewards. But technology R&D is much more than just an activity for the organization.

In 2010, it generated an important position paper – Gypsum Recycling in the National Capital Region – which included the engagement of Carleton University students from the Environmental Engineering Program. This was the impetus for pushing the barriers beyond an informal ‘Construction Recycling Initiative Task Group’, to what is today an international non-profit organization.

As the group evolved, our role with post-secondary and research institutions to better understand holistic technologies or socio-techno systems by and for craft workers or artisans to control their own work from start to finish. It also began to question the real value of prescriptive technologies which organize work as a sequence of steps requiring supervision by bosses or managers. Dr Franklin argued that the dominance of prescriptive technologies in modern society discourages critical thinking; warning about technology’s tendency to suppress freedom and endanger civilization. For her, technology was, as it is for the Council today, a set of practices in the “here and now” rather than an array of machines or gadgets. It is also a comprehensive system. “Technology involves organization, procedures, symbols, new words, equations, and, most of all, a mindset.” This is the context in which we carry out technology research and development and have have enjoyed working with:

Ryerson University; Department of Architectural Science; Faculty of Architectural Science – The Outcomes

  • Active engagement under the leadership of Dr Mark Gorgolewski, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., DIP ARCH, LEED AP.; Building Science Graduate Program Director; Mark served as a Director of the Canada Green Building Council and has worked for many years as an architect, researcher and environmental consultant to the construction industry in Canada and Europe. He has published many books, articles and papers on issues of the sustainable built environment. He has also been instrumental in helping the CRI Council launch MISSION 2030 May 9, 2013, as well as motivate other academics engage in various capacity. 
  • Ryerson Dean’s Research Fund connector grant, enabling industry and academia to work together to find practical solutions to problems faced by industry and areas requiring further research awarded to PhD students, with the endorsement and commitment to collaborate by the CRI Councl
  • Annoted bibliography of waste minimization, recycling and reuse issues in the construction industry. This document provides a list of relevant publications, focusing on North American documents addressing various aspects of material resource use and disposal in construction, now posted in the ‘WHAT TO DO>LIBRARY’ portion of the CRI Council web site http://www.cricouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/CRI-Bibliography-Final.pdf

Come back to this page later on to learn more about work outcomes and CRI Council Collaboration results of efforts with such other scholars 

Adjunct Professor Liza Medek, Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Building Science, Algonquin College 

Dr. Robert Abell and Evelyn Abell, Lean Specialists, Automated Learning Corporation

1125@Carleton Team and other departments, Carleton University, Ottawa 

Professor Ann Callaghan, Program Interior Design, Engineering and Information Technology Conestoga College 

Dr Brajesh Dubey, Associate Professor, Waste Management and Sustainable Engineering Program, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur

La Cité des Affaires, La Cité
Climate CoLab Team, MIT Centre for Collective Intelligence,
Adjunct Associate Professor of History, Royal Military College of Canada
Adjunct Professor Joyce Stubblefield, Southern Methodist University
other from Africa, Canada, Brazil, China, EU, India, Korea, Mexico, USA