Circular Economy Principles for the Built Environment


This module aims to immerse the student in the principles of the circular economy and how they can be applied across the whole built environment supply chain. The module will explore the challenges and opportunities of embedding circular economy principles during each phase i.e., pre-development decision-making, planning, design, construction, operation, and end-of-life through the lens of stakeholder action.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an ability to critically explore the complexities of sustainability issues within the built environment, the associated environmental impacts, and the need for leadership. 

  2. Employ systems thinking to critically evaluate circular economy principles that apply within a built environment context.

  3. Critically evaluate and analyze the application and impact of planning and client-led circular economy interventions across the built environment value chain. 

  4. Critically evaluate and analyze the application and impact of design-led circular economy interventions at different scales across the built environment value chain.

  5. Critically assess and evaluate the role of value chain stakeholders in the implementation of circular economy principles during the pre-construction planning and construction phases.

  6. Employ foresight thinking to explore how the reconceptualization of waste as a resource can be applied at community and city-wide scales.

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