1st Edition

Circular Cities
A Revolution in Urban Sustainability

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ISBN 9780367748166
April 21, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides the first, definitive summary of circular cities and compares them to other city types, such as smart, zero waste, regenerative, and resilient. With cities striving to meet sustainable development goals, circular urban systems are gaining momentum. Especially in Europe, cities have adopted measures and strategies that aim to create sustainable circular systems in fields ranging from infrastructure to urban planning, social consumption, industry and business.

Circular Cities explains the shift in focus from a purely economic concept, which promotes circular business models in cities, to one that explores a new approach to urban development. This approach offers huge opportunities and addresses important sustainability issues: resource consumption and waste; climate change; the health of urban populations; social inequalities and the creation of sustainable urban economies. It examines the different approaches to circular development, drawing on examples from four European cities: Amsterdam, London, Paris and Stockholm. It analyses different development pathways and levers for transformation. Finally, it focuses on the challenges to implementation faced by urban actors.

This ground-breaking book will be essential reading to scholars, students, practitioners and policymakers interested in the circular economy, urban sustainability and ecology, the built environment, and urban policy.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Conceptualising Circular Cities  Chapter 1 The Ecological Crisis  Chapter 2 Moving from a circular economy to a circular city  Part 2: Circular Cities: European Case Studies  Chapter 3 Circular Stockholm   Chapter 4 Circular London   Chapter 5 Circular Amsterdam  Chapter 6 Circular Paris  Part 3: Lessons learnt for Circular Cities and Development  Chapter 7 Implementation: pathways, levers and dynamics  Chapter 8 Reasons for adopting a circular development pathway  Chapter 9 Challenges to implementing circular development  Chapter 10 Circular Cities: conclusions and future research

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Jo Williams is the Director of the Circular Cities Hub. She is also an Associate Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. She has 21 years of research experience, working closely with industry, government and cities. She also advises International bodies (European Commission, EIB, EEA, OECD and UN) on the delivery of circular cities, low carbon cities, circular, sharing and bio- economies. Jo is on the steering panel for several large European research projects. She has published widely.