Circular economy is necessary and promising. Due to the energy, materials and climate transition, our environmental laws will soon become stricter. Long transport chains will push up the price of products. Residuals and waste will need to become the resources for tomorrow’s economy. This offers opportunities for shorter and closed production chains. These circular chains are most promising in places where many people live: in and around the city1.
The intention of the design studio is to develop a vision on circular economy in Brussels. The assignment is based on the programmatic needs of existing circular companies (BC Materials, Permafunghi, Yuman and Bpost) and a specific location in Brussels (TIR building on Tours & Taxis).
This productive landscape has to become a liveable and inclusive neighbourhood, where innovative architecture and smart combinations of living, working, public functions, … limit the inconvenience of logistics and manufacturing economy.
1 From A Good City Has Industry booklet for the exposition in Bozar in the winter of 2017, written by AWB
2 Image from BC architects and studies