Social-ecological-technical systems in urban planning for a circular economy: An opportunity for horizontal integration

Janneke Van Der Leer*, Arjan Van Timmeren, Alexander Wandl

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Abstract

Circular Economy (CE) is receiving interest worldwide as a way to overcome the currently dominating linear and wasteful production and consumption model of our environment. Currently the implementation of CE to practice is still in an early stage. As hubs of consumption and to a more limited part also production, metropolitan areas often are seen as crucial to achieve the transition towards a CE. Therefore it is necessary to find ways to integrate a CE based approach in urban planning practice. This paper reviews literature dealing with the concept of CE by making use of a framework for urban planning to evaluate integration of vertical and horizontal dimensions in CE literature. This paper reviews the scales of CE as regarding vertical integration, while for horizontal integration the sub-systems that need to be integrated are investigated. Thereafter, the framework is used to evaluate existing CE urban planning documents of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and surroundings. The paper aims to contribute to the comprehension of the concept of CE for the urban planning practice. This understanding enables urban planners to integrate CE in their work and aims to contribute to further accelerate the implementation of CE in metropolitan areas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDesign to Thrive, PLEA 2017
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Sue Roaf, Fergus Nicol
PublisherNCEUB 2017 - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings
Pages5181-5188
Number of pages8
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9928957-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20175 Jul 2017

Conference

Conference33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period2/07/175/07/17

Keywords

  • Amsterdam metropolitan area
  • Circular Economy
  • Integrated approach
  • SETS
  • Urban planning

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