We need regenerative cities and a circular economy
The REFLOW Project aims to develop circular and regenerative cities through enabling active citizen involvement and systemic change to re-think the current approach to material flows in cities. The project utilizes Fab Labs and maker spaces as catalysts for change in urban and peri-urban environments.DOWNLOAD THE WHITEPAPER
Under the current urban paradigm, cities consume more resources than they produce. 68% of the world’s population is predicted to live in urban areas by 2050 (UN). REFLOW’s mission is to show how rethinking our economy and configuration of the urban metabolism can enable the transition to circular and regenerative cities.
REFLOW’s vision is to develop circular and regenerative cities through the re-localization of production and the reconfiguration of material flows at different scales. REFLOW aims to provide best practices that align market and government needs in order to create favorable conditions for the public and private sector to adopt circular principles.
The REFLOW project builds on the concept of the ‘urban metabolism’ which seeks to understand the city and its surrounding region through the lens of biological systems, and technical processes. The project will calculate, analyze, and redefine urban resource usage through specific social, environmental, and economic indicators in order to assess the relationship between urban production and consumption.
Citizens who wish to co-create an environmentally, socially, and economically vibrant city.
Organizations, manufacturers, and startups that want to future-proof their industries by supporting social, environmental, and economic transformation.
Governments seeking to adopt holistic, innovative policies in each of the Social – Technological – Economic – Environmental – Political (STEEP) aspects.
Here you can find key definitions used in REFLOW that are relevant to understand the project’s approach on Circular Economy in cities. The glossary includes a wide range of terms from all the fields involved in REFLOW, from design to urban governance or business management.REFLOW GLOSSARY