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Spatial Circularity Strategies 1: Introduction to Spatial Planning for a Circular Economy
Examine the role of spatial planning in the circular transition with TU Delft
The transition to a circular economy is complex and dynamic with no single, definitive approach.
On this two-week course, you’ll orient yourself with the key concepts and principles of circular regional spatial development vision.
You’ll explore how spatial planning can contribute to the circular transition, and what this looks like in different regional contexts.
Learn about circular regions and environmental planning
You’ll examine the circular region and contextualise your knowledge of circular strategies and value chains before choosing your own case study region to assist your learning throughout the course.
You’ll look at the three phases that a city or region must go through when transitioning towards circularity, delving into the vision phase, strategy making, and action plans.
With this knowledge, you’ll be able to trace the process of circular transition, informing your understanding of future spatial developments.
Investigate the circular economy
There are many conceptualisations of circularity, though all reference reuse, recycling, and reducing energy and material loops.
You’ll further your understanding of the six dimensions of circularity, examining the conceptualisation of circularity, the material dimension, applied sustainability frameworks, the social dimension, territorial and spatial dimension, and the assessment and monitoring dimension.
You’ll be equipped to apply and justify a circular approach to future planning initiatives and development.
Discover concepts in regional spatial development
Building on your understanding of circularity, you’ll explore how this can be realised within the context of spatial development.
You’ll finish this course having furthered your understanding of circularity, regional spatial development, and how the two overlap.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain the key concepts and principles of circularity and regional spatial development.
- Reflect on the regional dimension of the Circular Economy
- Explore what a circular region looks like
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for those working or studying in the field of spatial planning or circularity who wish to connect their understanding of the two concepts.
It will benefit professionals in urban planning including circularity experts, spatial planners, project advisors, and policy makers on spatial circularity.
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