Paper on CityLoops’ activities presented at SBE22 conference
26 Sep 2022
During the Sustainable Built Environment conference, taking place from 20-23 September in Berlin, Bram Entrop, associate professor at Saxion Hogeschool (CityLoops partner) presented the paper “Aligning actors in a road renovation project by a co-design process: the road to circularity?” The paper highlighted the CItyLoops service design trajectory within the municipality of Apeldoorn.
In CityLoops, Apeldoorn is working to circularly renovate Griffiersveld, a residential road paved with concrete bricks and small concrete slabs. In such a project it is important to understand how to best align all the relevant actors to come to a circular and executable project. The answers to that question may help other municipalities, principals and contractors to adopt a co-design process to and to come to more circular projects.
Following a literature study on service design, circularity and circular principles, the paper sets out sets out the phases that can be distinguished in construction processes, starting from the initial planning and current situation up to the redesign, tender, and execution phase. It then also uses literature to gain insights about the roles of the relevant actors and stakeholders in each phase. After the literature study, it goes into more depth into the specific Apeldoorn case.
One of the key conclusions of the paper is that a co-creation process by service design can help to identify multiple opportunities to collaborate. Furthermore, the paper notes that by bringing in an external process facilitator, Apeldoorn could set up multiple interactive meetings in which select groups of actors in a road renovation project were able to give their thoughts about how materials loops could be closed.
The paper was co-written by Bram Entrop, Lisanne Hagen and Joost van Leeuwen. The full paper can be downloaded here.
Image (Bram Entrop)