Our Position on Circularity
The ‘Scales to Aspects’ Model: Framing Circularity in the Built Environment
Circularity is still a concept in-the-making. So, how does one plan education in this uncertainty? We suggest that this happens by contextualizing the concept within a space that includes what is currently known about it but also has the ability to transcend the limits of these notions. Modelling is a necessary condition for creating meaning. The ‘Scales to Aspects’ model represents our attempt to design a canvas for carrying out research and contextualizing our research findings. In this video, Tillmann explains how the model works and its potential to help our meaning making processes.
- The ‘Scales to Aspects’ model currently includes the six scales of Materials, Components, Buildings, Neighborhoods, Cities and Regions and an equal number of aspects: Technology, Design, Management, Economy, Resource Flows, and Stakeholders.
- Circular performance relates to multiple scales at a time.
- The focus of the interlocking scales aims at the circular built environment, whereas the outer ring provides the depth of field.
- The model is neither finite nor exhaustive.