The notion of a circular city has taken to occupy center stage as a main concept for sustainable zero-waste urban futures.
And yet, as one takes a closer look, the circle expands in multiple ripples and loops, revealing the sheer complexity that envisioning – let alone developing – circular cities entail.
Lectures, Workshops 2022 – 2023
@ Berlin, Amsterdam
CITIES IN THE LOOP: Re-coding the Circular City
11.00 – 13.00, 1 July 2022
@ Hybrid Space Lab
October 2022 – June 2023
@ to be announced
From fully networked mobility and logistics infrastructure, to micro and local food production, to renewable energy, to water cycles, to reuse of urban lands and the repurposing and refurbishing of existing buildings, to material reuse and urban mining, repair movement and product life cycle extension, and cradle-to-cradle design, production and consumption, to the social circles of interaction, reciprocity and exchange, to regenerative ecosystems … – the dimensions of urban circularity are countless, with multiple loops feedbacking into one another.
Because of its overwhelming quality, the complexity of urban circularity has conventionally been handled within clearly defined distinct disciplinary domains. Nevertheless, crosscutting and intersecting all the aforementioned dimensions is needed in order to find an approach to the circular city that reflects the complexity of urban ecosystems.
To challenge this, the international trans-disciplinary ideation workshop “CITIES IN THE LOOP: Re-coding the Circular City” invites participants from a number of backgrounds and fields of expertise. The workshop’s co-creative process addresses the urban circuits and looping dimensions in a holistic, integrated way. In the recognition that circular thinking should be dynamic and process-oriented, the workshop also challenges the linear thinking paradigms of strategic (urban) planning.
Looming large is the fundamental question of who are circular habitats for, interrogating what type of human and other-than-human inhabitants they host. And, sure enough, how inhabitants are affected and can interact and shape the loops composing the circular city.
The workshop aims at finding red threads to stitch the loops together, cross-cutting and challenging a long-overdue disciplinary fixity in approaching circular thinking and city-ing.
How to reflect and recode the organic intertwined generative helixes of the city’s DNA?