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Issue 7.2

The Ingenuity of Circularity 

A “circular economy” or “circularity” model embodies reducing, reusing, and recycling principles1. This multifaceted concept encompasses economic, environmental, and technical systems that strive to eradicate or minimize waste while amplifying the reutilization of resources.2 The Cambridge University Dictionary defines circularity as “constantly returning to the same point or situation.”

However, from the architectural design and construction perspective, circularity should direct its gaze toward a comprehensive reevaluation of the built environment, encompassing not only construction systems, policy, and performances, but also material cultures, urban equity, livability, and placemaking.

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