Facilitating Circular Economy in Urban Planning

Nieuws - 08 oktober 2019

No less than thirteen researchers of BK Bouwkunde contributed to the special issue ‘Facilitating Circular Economy in Urban Planning’ of the open access journal ‘Urban Planning’. They contributed to the editorial and five articles published in this special issue.

A shift towards a more Circular Economy is crucial to achieving a more sustainable and inclusive built environment that meets future demands. To achieve a resource-efficient built environment the Circular Economy model should be developed and implemented systemically and on all scales. To realise this, local authorities, citizens, and other stakeholders need a collaborative and science-informed decision environment. Such an environment will allow for developing different waste and resource management options and assessing their impacts on the environment, resilience, spatial quality and quality of life.

The articles all discuss different aspects of research to deliver solutions and strategies for a circular economy in urban planning throughout Europe, focusing on peri-urban locations. 

Facilitating Circular Economy in Urban Planning

Hilde Remøy, Alexander Wandl, Denis Ceric and Arjan van Timmeren

Read the full editorial here.

Managing the Transition towards Circular Metabolism: Living Labs as a Co-Creation Approach

Libera Amenta, Anna Attademo, Hilde Remøy, Gilda Berruti, Maria Cerreta, Enrico Formato, Maria Federica Palestino and Michelangelo Russo

This article introduces Living Labs as a methodology to co-create circular solutions and strategies with local stakeholders. 

Read the full article here.

Urban Regions Shifting to Circular Economy: Understanding Challenges for New Ways of Governance

Andreas Obersteg, Alessandro Arlati, Arianne Acke, Gilda Berruti, Konrad Czapiewski, Marcin Dąbrowski, Erwin Heurkens, Cecília Mezei, Maria Federica Palestino, Viktor Varjú, Marcin Wójcik and Jörg Knieling

This article focuses on governance for the shift towards a Circular Economy, unravelling hindrances and revealing objectives.

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A Geodesign Decision Support Environment for Integrating Management of Resource Flows in Spatial Planning

Gustavo Arciniegas, Rusné Šileryté, Marcin Dąbrowski, Alexander Wandl, Balázs Dukai, Max Bohnet and Jens-Martin Gutsche

This article presents an open-source tool based on the geodesign approach which links the co-creation of design proposals to impact simulations informed by geographic contexts, systems thinking, and digital technology - the Geodesign Decision Support Environment. 

Read the full article here.

Transferring Circular Economy Solutions across Differentiated Territories: Understanding and Overcoming the Barriers for Knowledge Transfer

Marcin Dąbrowski, Viktor Varjú and Libera Amenta 

This article develops a means to transfer circular strategies and solutions from one location to another. 

Read the full article here.

The Circular Economy Concept in Design Education: Enhancing Understanding and Innovation by Means of Situated Learning

Alexander Wandl, Verena Balz, Lei Qu, Cecilia Furlan, Gustavo Arciniegas and Ulf Hackauf 

This article presents the first results of incorporating the concept of Circular Economy in an integrative manner in urban design and planning courses.

Read the full article here.