Next Article in Journal
Agroecology Development in Eastern Europe—Cases in Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia
Next Article in Special Issue
Cities in Sustainability Transitions: Comparing Helsinki and Istanbul
Previous Article in Journal
The Interactive Role of Temporal Team Leadership in the Telecom Sector of Pakistan: Utilizing Temporal Diversity for Sustainable Knowledge Sharing
Previous Article in Special Issue
Energy Transition in the Nebular City: Connecting Transition Thinking, Metabolism Studies, and Urban Design
Open AccessArticle

Interpreting Circularity. Circular City Representations Concealing Transition Drivers

Department of Architecture, University of Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1310; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051310
Received: 30 January 2018 / Revised: 12 April 2018 / Accepted: 17 April 2018 / Published: 24 April 2018
Embodying circular economy transition as a sustainable city concept, circularity in cities is increasingly the subject of policy innovations, urban strategies, and research & development agendas. It seems evident that a circular city should include more than the sum or multiplication of urban circular economies. Nevertheless, prevailing discourses remain till today business focused, and how circular economy creates economic, social, and environmental resilience in cities has yet to be explored. This paper conceptualizes the notion of urban circularity. It introduces an analytical framework sorting existing circularity concepts that are based on design and planning characteristics. Adopting comparative case study research on four contemporary forward-looking spatial representations of ‘circular’ places, this paper articulates their circularity interpretation. Demonstrating how diverging sustainability framings and political positions are embedded within the studied spatial representations, this paper aims to bring clarity in contemporary circular city approaches for policymakers as well as for spatial practitioners. The paper concludes with an agenda for multi-perspective and multi-dimensional circular city design, which is anchored in place specific and multi-scalar transition relations. It suggests urban landscape design as a disciplinary field to act as a pivot in transdisciplinary circularity design and research. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; circular city; transition; urban landscape design; comparative case study research; future imaginaries circular economy; circular city; transition; urban landscape design; comparative case study research; future imaginaries
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Marin, J.; De Meulder, B. Interpreting Circularity. Circular City Representations Concealing Transition Drivers. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1310. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051310

AMA Style

Marin J, De Meulder B. Interpreting Circularity. Circular City Representations Concealing Transition Drivers. Sustainability. 2018; 10(5):1310. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051310

Chicago/Turabian Style

Marin, Julie; De Meulder, Bruno. 2018. "Interpreting Circularity. Circular City Representations Concealing Transition Drivers" Sustainability 10, no. 5: 1310. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051310

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop