UTCuriousUSummer courses overviewCircular Cities and Sustainability

Summer School: Circular Cities and Sustainability

Admission & participation info

ARE YOU ALREADY CLOSING LOOPS? IGNITING YOUR JOURNEY TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY PATHWAY!

Cities are mostly perceived as places where wealth opportunities and benefits exist for everyone — the notion of agglomeration benefits is a major reason why cities attract and concentrate a large number of inhabitants. This perception is true, and the reality of many people, but at the same time, cities represent an extremely demanding resource unit that causes direct or indirect environmental impacts which will affect people’s wellbeing. It is widely known that urban agglomerations also entail significant negative externalities. 

“Cities consume 75% of natural resources, generate 50% of global wastes and emit 60-80% of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs).”
(UNEP, 2018)

In this context, Circular Economy (CE) principles are relevant because they promote the conservation of natural resources by closing resources loops to prevent waste generation. Furthermore, CE is claimed as a model to decouple economic wealth from ecosystem depletion. CE is focused on reused, remanufactured, and recycled feedstock rather than in the use of virgin resources. Therefore, we put forward in this course the CE promising approach in connection with Climate change and Sustainability goals. Such an approach needs transitional requirements that we term “enablers of CE” in our program.

This course was developed to support the transitional planning towards Circular Cities (CC) and sustainability by means of the CC framework. The purpose of which is to guide (in a stepwise manner) the envisioning of strategic plans towards circularity practices that intrinsically enrich cities qualities and their intertwined ecosystems. To address these challenges and build an effective CE strategy, constant evaluation and refinement is required by relevant stakeholders from industry, government, and civil society. In fact, participatory methods will be part of our course to show how through working on some cases, collaboration and synchronized participation might be facilitated.

Participants of this course can expect to learn how cities can be (re)designed to become more environmentally respectful and more socially inclusive by analyzing some existing successful cases of CC. Some of the leading references in this regard are the Ellen McArthur Foundation, Metabolic, Circle Economy, UNEP, OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), that have reported on the following cities: Copenhagen, London, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, etcetera.

Course topics 

  • Moving towards Circular Economy (CE) : what do we need to know?

    This is a short journey to explain CE and CE developments with tangible examples of environmental, economic, and social relevance in relation to sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Circular Economy frameworks and systematic thinking: discovering efficient solutions

    CE has been approached at various levels and for each of them there have been several models/frameworks to organize the needed changes (transition), this topic thus will be dedicated to present some of them at product, value chain and regional levels, including neighborhood, city, and territory scales.

  • Circular Economy enablers in Cities: from theory to practice

    Existing urbanism and architecture paradigms and good practices can inspire the design of circular pathways towards Circular Economy in cities. In this part of the course, enablers of CE will be applied to circular city cases at neighborhood and building scales. We focus on bottom-up urbanism concepts such as shareable cities, the urban commons, and DIY urbanism, and discuss how they can establish circular flows in cities and at the same time achieve multiple resilience and sustainability co-benefits. We combine theory with hands-on digital exploration.

  • Governing the CE

    Digging deeper into one of the key enablers of any transition related to sustainability goals, i.e. collaboration, we will operationalize some of the governance tools to coordinate the needed action of key stakeholders for the designed transition. Without orchestration of the individual efforts to improve resources management under CE, the expected outputs of the strategic pathway can be diminished. We will also draw links to collaborative concepts that have emerged in the wider urban literature, positioning CE governance in a wider flourishing context of sustainable and resilient cities.

  • Transitional pathways towards circularity: a toolkit

    Strategic planning methods here, will be put on practice to envision and design the pathways towards circularity. Some circular business models will be discussed and integrated to the strategic plan. Furthermore, elements of scenario thinking will be introduced to relate CE strategy to wider sustainability and climate change processes.

learning outcomes

Expected learning methodologies

Expected outcomes 

The outcomes of this course are related to the application of the knowledge acquired during this course to real-life cases that participants would like to put forward during the project work sessions and beyond them.

Evaluation

The evaluation of this course will include three formative components: peer to peer evaluation about the project work (including presentation of the project report), individual participation during the theoretical component of the course and the project report.

Course video

Course schedule

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Circular Cities and Sustainability

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Sun. 21-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Excursion
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Fri. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Moving towards CE : what do we need to know?
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Mon. 15-08

Moving towards CE : what do we need to know? 

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Mon. 15-08
Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Mon. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Tue. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Wed. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Thu. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Fri. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Sun. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Mon. 22-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Transitional pathways towards circularity: a toolkit
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Sun. 21-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Mon. 22-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Sun. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

Summer sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Thu. 18-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Music night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Fri. 19-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Project work
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Sun. 21-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Wed. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine. Enjoy our dance workshop too!

Free day & Movie night
Time:08:15 - 20:00
:Sat. 20-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
:Sun. 14-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Thu. 18-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Sun. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Governing the CE
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Thu. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Mon. 15-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Project work
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Mon. 22-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Circular Economy frameworks and systematic thinking: discovering efficient solutions
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Tue. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Dinner & Barbecue
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Wed. 17-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Lunch: Cherishing Moments
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Mon. 22-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Hands on exercise Case studies
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Thu. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Dutch Olympic Games
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Sun. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a sand castle competition and a graffiti workshop!

Hands on exercise Case studies
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Mon. 15-08

Moving towards CE : what do we need to know? 

Hands on exercise Case studies
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Wed. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Beach volleyball tournament & DJ
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Wed. 17-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Wed. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Circular Economy enablers in Cities: from theory to practice
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Wed. 17-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Presentations of project work
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Mon. 22-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Artist for a day
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Tue. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know the different student teams of our university.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
:Tue. 23-08

Have a breakfast first.

Hands on exercise Case studies
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Tue. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Tue. 16-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Mon. 22-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Thu. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
:Tue. 23-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Stand Up Comedy
Time:20:00 - 22:30
:Mon. 15-08
CuriousU Closing Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Mon. 22-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2022 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Fri. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Project work
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Fri. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & Inspiration
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Fri. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Sun. 14-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Tue. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Lunch: ExploreU
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Fri. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Do not miss the chance to try the VR Parachuting experience!

Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Tue. 16-08

During this evening activity you can join our lean simulation game, dungeons and dragons and many more!

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Mon. 15-08
Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Thu. 18-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Course details

Date: 14-23 August 2022 (on campus)
Methods: Interactive lectures, hands-on experience
Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Entry requirements (other than language proficiency): Participants should already have at least a major degree, preference will be given for participants who are currently enrolled in postgraduate studies (master's students and PhD candidates). Interdisciplinarity is required for transitional studies therefore we celebrate the participation of any professional background in this summer course. 
Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

Course leaders 

dr. M.L. Franco Garcia (Laura)
Assistant Professor
W.E. Ereku (Winifred)
Guest PhD Candidate