The Circular City: Towards a Sustainable Urban Ecosystem

Waste, water, materials, and energy: these are the essential ingredients of any urban environment. And yet, as cities become increasingly popular places to live, we have lost sight of these important vectors of our urban ecosystems. How can we create a truly sustainable city that takes into account not only how people live, but also what they produce, consume, reuse, and waste?

Quick Facts

  • Student profile ⇒ Current BA (near-completion), current MA, PhD, Professionals
  • Housing dates ⇒ 7 July afternoon - 30 July morning 2018
  • Academic dates ⇒ 8 July - 27 July 2018
  • Academic Directors ⇒ Dr. Mendel Giezen, Gerard Roemers, Nadine Galle
  • Application deadline ⇒ Closed

Why join this programme?

Due to their environmental impact, cities play a crucial role in the transition towards sustainable societies. Despite the fact that they occupy only 3% of the global terrestrial surface, cities house more than half of the world’s population, consume 7% of its natural resources, and are directly and indirectly responsible for 60 to 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions (UNEP, 2012). The urban environment thus acts as a nexus of material flows and nodes for energy, water, consumption and production. Cities are key leverage points that demand our focus if we are to accelerate the necessary transition to circular and sustainable systems, both locally and globally. Learn how to connect urban material, water, and energy flows to build a truly sustainable city. This programme is developed in collaboration with Metabolic, a consulting and venture building company that uses systems thinking to tackle major sustainability challenges.

De Ceuvel. Photo: Niko Coutignu

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