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Circular Communities

The circular value flower as a design method for collectively closing resource flows

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How can integral circular solutions contribute to the realisation of added value in the neighbourhood?

> Provides insight into how citizens can play an active and effective role in the transitions to a circular and sustainable society
> Inspiring for citizens who want to develop their own initiatives to make their living environment more sustainable

In Circular Communities, pioneering, collectively supported initiatives are central, aimed at closing resource flows at neighbourhood or district level and thus contributing to the transition to a circular economy.

For the analysis of these different initiatives, the researchers - urban planner Els Leclercq and architect Mo Smit - developed a unique method: the Circular Value Flower method. This method helps to organise the joint closing of resource flows (materials, energy, water, biota, nutrients) on a neighbourhood scale and provides insight into the added value (economic, ecological, social, cultural, aesthetic) that can be realised within the built environment.

Circular Communities thus offers inspiration and lessons for integral sustainable interventions at the scale of the neighbourhood and ties in with the new Environmental Planning Act (2022), which explicitly offers space for citizen initiatives and local commissioning.

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ISBN 978-94-6208-741-5 | November 2022 | expected | Mo Smit, Els Leclercq | design: Koehorst in 't Veld | English | 17 x 24 cm | 160 pages | illustrated (400 full color) | in conjunction with: TU Delft | with support from: Centre for Sustainability Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities, Delft Global

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