The start of a new year is the right moment to make all kinds of positive wishes and to formulate all our ambitious promises. Let’s believe that we are actually approaching a definitive overhaul of the present economic (and ecologic) system, and its underlying logic, to enter a new era where the course of events will be altered for good. Let’s imagine indeed that the apparently hopeless inertia of the economic system (and the power it sustains) is left behind as well as the confusion of those who seek a way out of the environmental morass. Let’s dream that we moved beyond the present, self-destructive system of production that uses the ecosphere to produce wealth in a way that is destructive of the ecosphere itself.
In this new era, circular economy will be understood in other than the restrictive terms industrial ecology has accustomed us, as the efficient (read, optimal) use of existing resources. The circular economy will instead be regenerative by design, making all of us growth agnostic, since otherwise our economy would be suppose to grow output beyond the limits of our planet. The circular economy will be restorative too, as it needs to restore humans as full participants in Earth’s cyclical processes of life. Brief, the circular economy will be inclusive because circular will mean focusing on positive society-wide benefits as an alternative to the fraudulent wealth of vaunted productivity and short-term exploitation initiated by the modern society.
Test site M4H+ (Merwe-Vierhavens) & concept study
IABR, City of Rotterdam, Port of Rotterdam
Mariska Vogel & Ronald Van Der Heijden, Drift, Witteveen & Bos, 5PBGM