Critical Approaches

Circular Building versus Circular Economy: Join the discussion

Circular ideas in the design of products are fascinating: look at Philipps’s ‘Pay per Lux’ system or the ‘Façade Leasing’ ideas that are currently developing. What is often forgotten, though, is that circular products and buildings require reverse logistics infrastructure like temporary materials’ storage and also additional facilities for accommodating the actual processes of product remanufacturing. This puts a lot on stress to the urban fabric. How do you think remanufacturing will affect cities? How can we ensure that circular practices will be fostered in a way that does not disrupt the quality of neither the urban nor the peri-urban space?


Karel van Den Berghe
Karel van Den Berghe
Assistant Professor

Dr. Karel van den Berghe is Assistant professor in Spatial Planning and Urban Development at the Department of Management in the Built Environment at TU Delft. He focuses on the (spatial) circular economy, strategic scenario planning, polycentric economic networks, the planning of port-cities, and the Dutch-Belgian cooperation.

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Circularity for Educators

The platform is intended to provide with content on either circularity or pedagogy for and about circularity. It is one of the outcomes of the Circular Impulse Initiative (CII), a project intending to enhance the integration of circularity in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment education. The platform mainly aims to help tutors get better acquainted with circularity in the built environment by providing a series of resources on this subject that they can either view to get better informed or directly share with their students in class or online. A large number of the Faculty's professors and researchers have contributed substantially both in creating a coherent narrative for circularity in the built environment as well as further elaborating on different aspects of it. Besides this one, a new platform for interaction and direct exchange was also established in parallel that we call ‘Educators for Circularity‘. This one offers the opportunity for all of us to meet and share our experiences and learn from one another.

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