The Circular City: Rethinking architecture and engineering

  • Katrin Bohn (Presenter)
  • Wang, Y. (Presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


This presentation and conversation with co-presenter Dr. Yan Wang has been part of the open conversation series "Unlikely Partners" curated and organised by the University of Brighton. Initially intended for a local audience, it has become available globally in its online format. The event was convened by Prof. Alison Bruce from the University of Brighton.

In her kick-off speech, Katrin raised the question of what circular cities are or could be and how they relate to the idea of a circular economy. Using an example from her own work, the Landwirtschaftspark Heidelberg [Agricultural Park] in Germany, she introduced three themes to be considered: Food, Scale and Networks. Dr. Yan Wang from the University's School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, kicked-off with her contention that cities will become hosts of industrial circular processes based on her expertise in remanufacturing.

A lively discussion ensued on the role and significance of cities (and citizens!) for the transition to a more sustainable future. The question of scale was discussed from various angles ranging from localism to global systems and from individual action to governmental legislation. We concluded that 'circular economy' must not become a shorthand for only economical efforts to innovate our cities in a sustainable, resilient way but that cultural and social circularity are of equal importance.
Period4 Nov 2020
Held atUniversity of Brighton
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Circular cities
  • Circular economy
  • Urban food system