PhD Seminar with Arjan van Timmeren – Circular Economy in Urban Environments: Systems Thinking and Scale Interdependencies

In this seminar, the concept of Circular Economy will be explored from the context of metropolitan environments, and in particular urban area development. It will touch upon the need for a system thinking perspective as well as a multiscale approach. The main focus is the development over time, and in particular the way how spatial planning and strategies respond to new unpredictable urgencies and opportunities related to territorial metabolisms. Going beyond the mere reuse/recycle of material waste as resources, the aim of the presentation is to make you understand how to apply circularity principles to area development projects at different scales of implementations and, among others, how the use and regeneration of wastescapes can be a strategic approach in this. It will elaborate on a number of examples from the Netherlands. Arjan van Timmeren, Full professor, TUDelft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department Urbanism, Environmental Technology & Design Arjan van Timmeren is full professor at TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department Urbanism, Environmental Technology & Design. Besides, he is the Scientific Director of Resilient Delta Initiative in Rotterdam, Academical Portfolio Director ‘Sustainable Cities’ for the TUD Extension School for continuing education, and Principal Investigator at ‘AMS Institute’ in Amsterdam (Institute for ‘Advanced Metropolitan Solutions’). His work focuses on sustainable development in the built environment, with an emphasis on Environmental Technology and NBS, Urban Metabolism, Circular and Biobased Economy, Urban Climate, biophilic design and environmental behaviour. He leads several (inter)national projects and has seats in (inter)national steering groups, quality teams and scientific boards.

Join this seminar on Zoom

  • All PolyU PhD students are welcome.
  • This seminar, hosted on Zoom Meeting, allows only authenticated users (i.e. Zoom logged-in users).
  • Event registration is required (click HERE). Registrants will receive a reading list prior to this seminar.