What is a circular city?
The consumption of resources (materials, energy, water, buildings and land) can be tackled by creating circularity in resource flows in urban systems both throughout a city’s life-cycle (or the life-cycle of its inhabitants) and within the city-region. Systems integration, flexibility, intelligence, cooperative behaviour, localisation, recycling and renewable resources are the key concepts under-pinning the Circular City.
In a circular city:
- resources can be cycled between urban activities;
- resources can be cycled within city regions;
- resources can be re-used / recycled over time.
Examples of circular activities are emerging across cities globally: Swedish eco-cycle model; life-time buildings, smart cycling apps; localised resource systems; urban symbiosis; flexible infrastructure; recyclable buildings; smart city-wide resource monitoring systems, etc..
What is the UCL Circular Cities Hub?
The UCL Circular Cities Hub is based within the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. It is an interdisciplinary, virtual hub drawing upon existing academic and practitioner expertise. The Hub is the first of its kind internationally. It will form the centre of an international network of scholars working on all aspects of Circular Cities. It will also act as an interface between academics and key urban stakeholders, enabling cutting-edge research to impact directly on the governing, management, design and development of The hub works in association with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Cities Network and UCL's CIRCEL lab.