Transitioning to a Circular Built Environment is a challenging task. In the Netherlands, the government’s plan is to reduce the use of primary resources by 50% as soon as 2030 and to turn fully circular by 2050. Building industry, policy makers, planners and practitioners are now directing their efforts towards minimizing consumption while maximizing chances of reuse.

The shift to a Circular Built Environment, however, requires a new mindset as well as a cooperative approach at all scales with all interested and affected parties. Innovations and the knowledge created should therefore be openly and widely shared and constantly evaluated. 

Sign up for 3-day workshops during the Summer School

The Circular Built Environment Hub (CBE Hub) of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft will host the Summer School on Circularity in the Built Environment. The Summer School builds on TU Delft and CBE Hub experience and expertise to further explore how circularity can contribute to our understanding and managing of the complexity of the built environment.

During the Summer School, the focus is on how circularity reshuffles priorities and how that ultimately impacts decision-making, meaning and power distribution amongst the multiple stakeholders involved.

Students from all levels of education (BSc, MSc) as well as PhD researchers and professionals are invited to participate in a 3-day intensive workshop. The workshop focuses on the topic of scales in the context of the area of Binckhorst.

Programme and further information

Morning: Lectures & Discussion / Afternoon: Visit to Binckhorst in den Haag

Day 1 is dedicated to getting to know Binckhorst. The area will provide the canvas for our reasoning about scales as it aspires to become an exemplary circular redevelopment for South Holland with mixed residential and industrial commercial uses. But how does the increasing need for more housing affect planning in terms of circularity? Our guests on that day will introduce participants to the notion of circularity and will discuss what its current limitations are. An organized visit to Binckhorst will take place in the afternoon after the lunch break. 

Morning: Lectures & Discussion / Afternoon: Workshop

CBE Hub research considers circularity to cross all scales: from materials; to components and to buildings and from neighborhoods; to cities and to regions and situated in the entanglement of each scale with the six aspects of technology, management, design, economy, resource flows and the dynamic relations of all stakeholders involved. DAY 2 sessions aspire to steer attention to the interdependence of scales. A number of selected guests will discuss all scales from materials all the way to regions. During the afternoon workshop, participants will contextualize this input specifically for Binckhorst .  

Morning: Lectures & Discussion / Afternoon: Workshop 

Day 3 is dedicated to examining models of cooperation within the circular built environment. How does the systemic character of circularity manifest amongst stakeholders? Can there be new types of collaboration and what are the requirements for such collaborations to succeed? Our guest lecturers will showcase examples of synergistic alliances at neighborhood and at city scale. A second workshop will follow in the afternoon: participants will engage in identifying circular scenarios for the future development of Binckhorst.  

For more information about the programme, invited guests and lecturers and registration, please visit: or reach out to the Circular Built Environment Hub if you have any questions.