Our Position on Education for Circularity

The Circular Learning Objectives (CLO) List

The challenge of integrating circularity in the built environment studies has been two-fold: the first difficulty relates to circularity being a concept in-the-making and therefore elusive. How can one teach something that is continuously evolving and transforming? The second challenge is setting learning goals: what would be expected from students? What would be the objectives an education on circularity should pursue? In this regard, our research on the matter has taken both directions: on the one hand we needed to build on the input from the CBE Hub ongoing research and make sense of what we have learned so far and also identify our future research agenda. On the other hand, we needed to create a vision on where we thought this input could take us. In this video, Olga explains the building blocks of the Circular Learning Objectives (CLO) list. This list has been guiding our efforts to integrate circularity in our Faculty’s education. It is also the canvas onto which this present module has been built upon.

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Olga Ioannou
Olga Ioannou
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ing. Olga Ioannou is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology of TU Delft. She works for the chair of Building Product Innovation. She is in the steering committee of the Circular Built Environment Hub at TU Delft and a member of the Architectural Facades & Products (AF+P) group. Her expertise lies in architectural education, network learning and knowledge creation within the extended communities of knowledge. This is why she is now actively involved in developing programs for integrating circularity in the A+BE faculty curricula across all departments and levels of education.   

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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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