The Circle City: planning for resourceful cities

The Circle City: planning for resourceful cities

From January 8 to 12, Amsterdam is going to host “The Circle City: planning for resourceful cities“, a 5-days event aimed at exploring the impact and practice of the principles of circularity in developing urban areas, housing and public space.

The 2018 edition of the Studio will be focused on trying to address and answer some of the principal question about the principle of circularity. How can cities reuse their resources to provide for housing, public spaces and urban qualities? How can planning reduce the environmental impact of urban development? What type of policies and projects can we design in make urban space more adaptive to energy, waste and water resources?

The format of the Studio combines critical scholarship, policy making and case study analysis in the context of Amsterdam Region. It is organized around 4 topics:

  • Circular flows and urban change: introduction to circularity – panel held on January 8th by Prof. Herbert Girardet;
  • Spatial fabrics of closed loops development – panel held on January 10th by Paul Jansen and Jeremy Croes;
  • Social reciprocity or sharing costs: privatisation or commoning in localities – panel held on January 11 by LabGov’s co-founder, prof Christian Iaione;
  • The politics of the circular democracy – panel held on January 12 by Prof Erik Swyngedouw.

On January 13 the Studio will host the final presentations of student projects, attending experts Marjolein Brasz and Andre Struker.

On Wednesday 10th, the Studio will open a public debate at Pakhuis de Zwijger at 19.30, looking at the political challenges of circular economic development related to urban democracy, urban regeneration and economic growth together with international discussants:

The full program of the event is available here:

Watch the livestream of the public debate here:

Sharing evolution

Sharing evolution


The European Union Committee of the Regions, the EU’s Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives, has launched an initiative to open at the EU level the discussion on what is known as “sharing economy” and/or “collaborative economy“. The name itself and the scope is under scrutiny. Several EU institutions are working on similar if not identical subjects, using different label such as collaborative economy, circular economy or commons-based economy.

Benedetta Brighenti, Vice Mayor of Castelnuovo Rangone, will act as political rapporteur and Christian Iaione, LabGov director, will act as technical expert appointed by the Committee to carry out the consultation process with stakeholders and later the actual drafting of the CoR opinion.

Many European, national and local policymakers, public officials, scholars and practitioners from all over Europe willing to contribute to the CoR opinion drafting process will be involved in the launch of a new platform on sharing/collaborative economy.

The final version of the opinion is going to be approved on December 3.4, 2015. By the end of August, Brighenti and Iaione will deliver the draft opinion on which the consultation process will be carried out. The main moments of the consultation process are going to be held in Berlin at the CoR ECON Commission meeting on September 28, 2015, in Rome at LUISS University within a conference on the Smart Collaborative City on October 12, 2015, and The City as a Commons conference in Bologna on November 6-7, 2015, Milan on November 9-10 at SharItaly.

Brighenti and Iaione are willing to meet and involve as many public officials, practitioners, operators and scholars as possible in the discussion and will be available to hold deep dives, hangouts or workshops in other European cities that are willing to organize them.

Find below the working document that paves the way for the CoR opinion:






















Il Comitato delle regioni ha appena lanciato una iniziativa per aprire o riaprire la discussione su un nuovo paradigma sociale, economico e istituzionale che viene definito economia della condivisione, e che include, si integra o sovrappone ad altre forme di nuova economia come l’economia collaborativa, l’economia circolare, l’economia dei beni comuni.

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Circular Economy: more well-being with 10 moves

Circular Economy: more well-being with 10 moves

download (1)As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction , the Comuni Virtuosi  association launch the second edition of “ Less waste, more well-being with 10 moves ” to urge the world of manufacturing  and retailing to take ten actions in the short and medium term, to reduce the environmental impact of their activities in the interests of circular economy . An operation of personalized communication will conduct to major companies in the consumer goods and retail chains to ask them commitment and transparency about their policy compared to 10 moves .

The document was signed by about 300 local authorities, many associations , such as the Slow Food Italy , Cittadinanza Attiva and Altroconsumo,  as well as individual citizens.

The 10 moves to get less waste to increase well-being , rotate on a key concept , which is calibrated to corporate policies  linked with circular economy . In fact, through these 10 steps , it essentially asking companies to restructure their stages of planning, production and distribution , in an innovative perspective that allows for greater environmental sustainability .

The systemic design is a key concept about this, which conceives a product as part of a system with which it interacts, and throughout its life cycle. This would allow to design and manufacture products that like output of one process becomes an input to another process. Designed in this way, the product, once exhausted its primary use, can be recovered, reused or recycled . The packaging of the product to be eco-friendly and sustainable products that adhere to the 10 rules , certified as adhering to the logic of recycling and circular economy .