Date: 11 June 2020 at 11:00–13:00 EEST

The webinar was held in English.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a circular city embeds the principles of a circular economy across all its functions, establishing an urban system that is regenerative and restorative by design. These cities aim to eliminate the concept of waste, keep assets at their highest utility at all times, and are enabled by digital technology. At the webinar, we gave give an overview of the circular city concept, discussed the role of architecture and digital transformation and other aspects of achieving a carbon-neutral circular city.


11:00-11:05 Opening remarks – Kristiina Martin, SEI Tallinn

11:05-11:25 Urban circularity – Why is circularity in cities necessaryDr. Fedra Vanhuyse, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

11:25-11:45 Example of a circular city – Leuven (Belgium) – Jan Mertens, Coordinator of the City platform for Leuven Circularity

11:45 -12:05 Co-creating smart cities via experiments – Ralf-Martin Soe, PhD, TalTech,

12:05-12:25 If “sustainability” is an answer, what is the question? Case studies in architecture and design – Sille Pihlak, Junior Researcher at Estonian Academy of Arts, founding partner at PART architects

12:25-12:40 Approaching circular city: examples of local strategies and practice across Europe – Nikolai Jacobi, ICLEI Officer – Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience

12:40-13:00 Q&A session