Masterclass: Designing Circular Cities of the Future

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09:30 - 13:00

Metabolic Lab

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Drawing on in-house expertise and local and international case studies, this Masterclass provides the skills and theory on how to design, develop and implement the circular cities of the future.

While cities occupy only 3% of the Earth’s surface area, they house more than half of the world’s population, consume over 75% of the global resources and are responsible for up to 80% of greenhouse emissions. However, environmental challenges and urbanization opportunities are inherently connected. As cities are also the major engine for economic growth, they can lead the way towards a circular economy by transforming the built environment.

This 3.5 hour Masterclass provides the skills and theory on how to design, develop and implement circular cities of the future. We provide a crash course on the principles and theory of urban metabolisms and circular city development, analyzing relevant case studies such as De Ceuvel, Schoonschip and Circular Buiksloterham – projects that Metabolic has helped pioneer – as well as international examples like Rotterdam and the City of Charlotte, to explore these design principles in practice.

What you leave with:

  • Insider information of the common pitfalls, benefits, and barriers to transitioning cities to perform at high circularity, with lessons from relevant and practical case studies.
  • A clear understanding of the nuances of local stakeholder management necessary for making progress on a local circular economy.
  • Reliable strategies to identify low-hanging fruit and design pilots that educate, build support, and accelerate the transition.

Need to know:

  • Date: Friday 18 January
  • Time: 09:30 – 13:00
  • Venue: Metabolic Lab, De Ceuvel, Korte Papaverweg 2-6
  • Price: 150 euros
  • Participants: Maximum 15 – register asap to avoid missing out!


Gerard Roemers leads the Metabolic Cities team. He has a background in spatial planning as well as industrial ecology, and specializes in urban and regional metabolism analysis, developing strategies to transition cities and regions towards a circular and sustainable state. Gerard has worked with dozens of cities and regions across the Netherlands and Europe. He is involved in academic research with the AMS Institute, and organizes an international Summer School with the University of Amsterdam on ‘The Circular City‘.

Tamara Streefland is Metabolic’s Cities Program Lead. Over the past five years Tamara has worked across a wide range of projects relating to sustainable cities, focusing on topics such as water ecology, the freight sector, waste systems and renewable energy – in Amsterdam, New York City and other urban hubs across the world. In these projects, she conducted comprehensive systems analyses, in-depth research, and collaborative design as a basis for creative and feasible strategies towards a more sustainable and circular state.