Innovation of Infrastructure and Construction for a Circular Economy

The current and future societal challenges within the redesign of our living environment are enormous. Indeed, we are on the eve of the transition to a circular economy, in which we no longer use primary raw materials and no longer emit CO2. It has been nationally agreed that these goals must be achieved by 2050, and 50% by 2030.

If we want to achieve these goals, we must thoroughly review our manufacturing process and energy consumption. Not old wine in new bottles, but truly different. This requires fundamentally different thinking and acting. From circular goals, to circular products and business processes. Through innovative digital means, through the integration of disciplines and through new forms of collaboration. In short, from a linear to a circular economy.

To bring about that change, we need everyone in the chain. People in governments, entrepreneurs and maybe even more students like you, who can think out of the box (and also outside their field) to come up with fresh and new ideas together. In this learning community, projects from the built environment of clients are placed. The basis is infrastructure, above and also below ground. Among others, the following topics are or should be interwoven with it: circularity, sustainability, (manufacturing) processes, digitization, new business models, change processes, digitization (such as BIM, Digital Twins, Internet of Things, 3D design, blockchain, big data, Artificial Intelligence, Product Innovations), circular and bio-based products, circular design/build/dismantling, emission-free construction, asset management, materials passports, materials marketplace, circular earning models, application of Total Cost of Ownership and citizen participation.

Because all projects have many different interfaces with each other, we are pulling together in this learning community. Because innovation and co-creation are mainly done by learning from each other.

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):