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Uncovering the Holistic Pathways to Circular Cities—The Case of Alberta, Canada

Marjan Marjanović 1,* , Wendy Wuyts 2, Julie Marin 3 and Joanna Williams 1
Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, London WC1H 0NN, UK
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2815 Gjøvik, Norway
Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
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Highlights Sustain. 2022, 1(2), 65–87.
Received: 28 February 2022    Accepted: 3 May 2022    Published: 6 May 2022
The notion of circularity has gained significant attention from governments of many cities across the world. The approaches to circular cities may range from narrower perspectives that see a circular city as the simple sum of circular economy initiatives to those more holistic that aim to integrate the whole urban system. Several researchers proposed frameworks that would guide cities to take a holistic perspective. This manuscript selects two frameworks and examines through them whether and to what extent broader and more holistic approaches to circular cities are being developed in practice. First, circularity principles, the scope of circular activities, and the concrete circular actions developed in the case study are read through Williams’s approach to circular resource management. Second, the spatial circularity drivers framework of Marin and De Meulder is used to elucidate different sustainability framings and spatial practices that dominate contemporary conceptualisations of circularity. These two lenses are applied to five municipalities in Alberta (Canada) that have decided to develop strategies for ‘shifting the paradigm’ and transitioning to circular cities in 2018. Our study aims to investigate how holistic their roadmaps to circular cities are, and what changes are necessary to move towards more integrated approaches.
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The research by M.M. is funded by the Graduate Research Scholarship and the Overseas Research Scholarship of University College London. The work by W.W. is self-funded. J.M. is funded by Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO) grant nr 12Z9420N. The work by J.W. is paid for by University College London.
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Marjanović, M.; Wuyts, W.; Marin, J.; Williams, J. Uncovering the Holistic Pathways to Circular Cities—The Case of Alberta, Canada. Highlights Sustain. 2022, 1, 65–87.
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Marjanović, M., Wuyts, W., Marin, J., & Williams, J. (2022). Uncovering the Holistic Pathways to Circular Cities—The Case of Alberta, Canada. Highlights of Sustainability, 1(2), 65–87.
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