Publiek debat: The often overlooked role of space in the circular economy
While circular economy policies and initiatives are gaining momentum, their spatial implications remain largely unexplored. The third debate in the 'Making the Circular Built Environment a Reality' debate series focuses on the spatial dimensions of the circular economy. The Circular Built Environment Hub invites institutes, organisations and individuals to participate in this interactive session that aims to identify spatial conflicts, synergies, and potentials, paving the way for a future Circular Netherlands.
While circular economy policies and initiatives are gaining momentum, their spatial implications remain largely unexplored. This oversight neglects how circular economy strategies must interact with the physical world, especially in the face of land scarcity. Additionally, there's a pressing need to integrate these initiatives with broader challenges such as climate adaptation, regional innovation, biodiversity loss, and social justice.
The debate is divided into two segments.
Part 1 | Inspirational contributions
The event begins with a series of thought-provoking contributions designed to challenge perspectives and ignite lively debate. We will delve into pioneering examples of spatial integration in circular economy strategies and projects, discussing the most challenging aspects of a future circular built environment.
Part 2 | Workshop: Co-designing a systemic section for a circular built environment
In the second part, we will attempt, for the first time, to co-develop a systemic section for the Dutch circular built environment to ground the discussion. This hands-on activity aims to identify spatial conflicts, synergies, and potentials, paving the way for a future Circular Netherlands.
|19:00 - 20:00
|20:00 - 21:00
|Workshop: Co-designing a systemic section for a circular built environment
|Networking with drinks and bites
About the speakers
Emil Evenhuis is a researcher within the spatial economy unit of PBL - Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (‘Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving’), the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the fields of the environment, nature, spatial planning and regional development in the Netherlands. He has a background in economic geography, economics and philosophy. His recent work at PBL focuses on the spatial and geographical implications of the transition to a circular economy. As part of the project team for the Spatial Outlook 2023 for the Netherlands (‘Ruimtelijke Verkenning 2023’), he has looked at the potential changes which a circular economy may bring about in urban areas, business parks & sites, and industrial zones in the coming decades; and what this means for spatial planning. Emil is also a visiting lecturer at Radboud University Nijmegen and a member of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society editorial board.
Ganesh Babu R P is an architect and urban planner at PosadMaxwan. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Architecture at Anna University, Chennai, and his Master's in Urbanism at TU Delft. At PosadMaxwan, he has worked on various projects, including area development, infrastructure studies, transition research (mobility, energy, and circular transitions), regional development strategies, and national spatial plans. He uses systemic thinking as a starting point to connect challenges across different scales and systems, integrating them effectively. He specialises in integral design thinking and visually representing complex issues and data.
Mariana Faver graduated in 2005 as an architect and urbanist from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She worked for two years as head of the public construction and urbanism department of the municipality of Miracema-RJ in Brazil. In 2007 she started the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism at the TU Delft, including one semester at the UPC Barcelona. After finishing the course, she worked at the Deltametropolis Association for eight years. Mariana works since 2019 as a spatial explorer at the Province of South-Holland focusing on the development of spatial policies and strategies.
The debate is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. The number of participants is limited to 50.
- Read more about the public debate series 'Making the Circular Built Environment a Reality'.
- Please feel free to contact the Circular Built Environment Hub for further information.