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The Six Dimensions of Spatial Circularity Transitions

In this video, Alex presents an overview of the six dimensions framework. This is a valuable tool, he argues, in helping you understand the process a region is undertaking towards circularity. It can also help you in your daily practice to identify which aspects of an integral circularity transition you should consider.

Main Takeaways

  • The six dimensions of the framework are: [1] the conceptualization of circularity; [2] the material dimension; [3] the applied sustainability frameworks and the transition concepts; [4] the social dimension; [5] the territorial and spatial dimension; and [6] the assessment and monitoring dimension.
  • There is no single blueprint for the circular transition: the process is context dependent.

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Alex Wandl
Alex Wandl
Associate Professor

Dr. Alex Wandl is Associate Professor and head of the Section of Environmental Technology and Design of the Department of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft. He is a steering committee member of Circular Built Environment Hub, and an editorial board member of the journal Planning Practice and Research. He integrates methods from urban planning and design, landscape architecture, and spatial data science in a multiscale approach to sustainable urbanism. His research and teaching focus on the spatial dimension of circularity transitions in cities and regions, particularly on sustainable development challenges in dispersed urban areas and peri-urbanisation processes in Europe. 

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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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