A new mindset based on circular principles is slowly gaining ground. Not least with regard to the built environment, with its specific challenges concerning resource and food security, water and waste management, health and wellbeing. This symposium addresses a broad spectrum of initiatives and developments, while prioritizing the implementation rather than the conceptualisation stage. Highlighted are challenges and opportunities of applying circularity in the built environment, structured around three key themes:
- Beneficial buildings: creating positive footprints
- Time-based design: the relation between adaptability and circularity
- Urban context: connecting cycles and interests
Urban metabolic thinking
It is not surprising that urban metabolic thinking is at the heart of many current programs and initiatives in the realm of architecture and planning. Think of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, with TU Delft as one of the key partners, and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2014 (‘Urban by Nature’), curated by Dirk Sijmons. Furthermore, several national and European programs revolve around knowledge development and dissemination on this topic, for example within the framework of Horizon 2020.
Moreover, so-called Green Deals are emerging here and there, in order to ratify agreements between industrial and governmental parties concerning the shift to circular material flow management, for example the Green Deal Cirkelstad and Green Deal Circulaire Gebouwen.
TU Delft is linked with all these and other initiatives in various capacities. This symposium departs from the activities at the TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture, but moves far beyond it, driven by the intrinsically trans-disciplinary nature of the theme.