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Navigating Transitions for Sustainable Infrastructures—The Case of a New High-Speed Railway Station in Jingmen, China

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Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands
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Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Jaffalaan 5, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands
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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Postbus 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, 220 Handan Road, Shanghai 200433, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(15), 4197; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11154197
Received: 29 June 2019 / Revised: 23 July 2019 / Accepted: 1 August 2019 / Published: 3 August 2019
Sustainable development and Circular Economy (CE) have drawn massive attention worldwide. Construction practices consume large amounts of materials, resources and energy. Sustainability and CE could play a big role in reduction efforts. However, the potential influence of both concepts on the planning and construction of large infrastructures remains unexplored. This paper investigates how professionals involved in a high-speed railway station project in the Chinese city of Jingmen envision the use of sustainability and CE for the planning and construction of the railway station and its surrounding areas. We reviewed policy documents and interviewed local professionals with the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) framework. The analysis reveals opportunities for improvement towards sustainability and the interdependence between the dimensions in the TBL framework for the railway station and its surroundings. The case shows that local professionals identify ample opportunities for improvement (presented as “sustainability ideas”), but none appear truly sustainable. These insights provide evidence that the hierarchical introduction of transition(s) creates a cognitive silo for local professionals when envisioning sustainability ideas. In the TBL framework, this study finds a useful and novel approach to break down the silos, because the TBL stresses the interdependence between the various sustainability dimensions. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; Circular Economy (CE); Triple Bottom Line (TBL); transport infrastructure; railway station; Jingmen; China sustainability; Circular Economy (CE); Triple Bottom Line (TBL); transport infrastructure; railway station; Jingmen; China
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Liu, X.; Schraven, D.; de Bruijne, M.; de Jong, M.; Hertogh, M. Navigating Transitions for Sustainable Infrastructures—The Case of a New High-Speed Railway Station in Jingmen, China. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4197.

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