Challenges for circular urban development

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A shift towards a more Circular Economy is, in many policies, seen as crucial to achieving a more sustainable and
inclusive built environment that meets future demands.
In the last decade, the European Commission’s research
funding has supported numerous initiatives aiming to reduce
waste generation through shifts towards Circular Economy
approaches. Many cities and regions followed and started
to develop circular economy strategies, action plans and
circularity monitors. The difficulties and challenges of implementing a seemingly simple concept are mainly to narrow,
slow down and close materials streams and thereby reduce
our dependency on raw material input. Europe’s geopolitical
dependency on resource-rich countries has become very apparent during the last years. In this article, we identify some
of those challenges and propose potential ways forward.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersecting
Subtitle of host publicationBending the Linear Economy On Urban Metabolism #resources #well-being #policies
EditorsNicolas J.A. Buchoud, Alexander Charlambous, Gunnar Hartmann, Konstantinos Karampourniotis, Holger Kuhle, Magdolna Molnár
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherNew Dialogues Berlin
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9782957990597
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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