Due to ongoing Sydney COVID-19 restrictions, this event has been cancelled for the time being.

It will be rescheduled in coming months as restrictions allow. Anyone who has registered for the event will hear from us shortly.

Join us on a “Talk and tour” with Professor Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre who will discuss an industry-first apartment, made using waste materials that have the potential to revolutionise home construction by transforming household waste into a valuable construction resource.

The ‘Pavilions’ Mirvac apartment showcases the transformation of waste glass and textiles into beautiful and durable ‘Green ceramics’ for floor tiles, kitchen splashback, walls, panels, artworks, light fittings and furniture. This project is part of an ongoing collaboration with Mirvac and UNSW Smart Centre with the aim of helping to solve the problem of waste in the construction industry.

In Australia, the building industry is responsible for around 60% of the waste we generate. The Pavilions project helps to demonstrate a better way to build, using reformed waste, which provides a second life for the mountains of glass and clothing, much of which would otherwise find its way to landfill.

The MICROfactorie™ process developed by Professor Sahajwalla and UNSW SMaRT Centre, takes problematic waste material and ‘reforms’ these into entirely new products including ‘green ceramics’. Professor Sahajwalla will discuss this process and its many potential uses.

Professor Sahajwalla will be joined by Mr Toby Long, Mirvac General Manager of Residential Development NSW. Light refreshments will be served.

Public transport: Olympic Park Train Station is approx 6 min walk.

Online registration to attend is essential. This event has a capacity of 50 people and is an in-person event only (no online component). Meet at Mirvac Pavillion Apartments, Terrace 10102/2a Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

Enquiries: Marisa Pizzica –


Professor Veena Shajwalla, Director of Sustainable materials REsearch & Technolory (SMaRT), UNSW

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is a leading expert in the field of recycling science, and founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology at UNSW, Professor Sahajwalla is producing a new generation of green materials, products and resources made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’ – a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Veena has been extensively recognised for the innovation and significance of her work, including via election to be a Fellow of the esteemed Australian Academy of Science. Professor Sahajwalla was recently featured on ABC TV ‘Australian Story’ series.

Toby Long, General Manager Residential Development, Mirvac


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  • There are a number of free tickets available for the event for those experiencing financial hardship
  • This is an in person that will not be recorded
  • We have a capacity of 100 people
  • Register here