Building Circular Neighbourhoods: a discussion paper

The United Nations Environment Programme together with ARUP, BASE, C40 cities, Ellen MacArthur foundationMass design group, Mexico city and the Prague institute of planning and development, developed a discussion paper meant to explore whether and how communities and neighborhoods could be a starting point towards circularity in a city.

Deconstructing cities into smaller action areas makes it possible to identify starting points for a radical transformation towards circularity. The neighborhood allows for the design and operation of “living labs” – large enough to represent community behavior and their interactions with urban systems, yet also small enough not to be prohibitive in terms of costs and human resources.