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Our collective understanding of the circular economy has not yet been entirely explored and we can draw a parallel with ‘a 16th century map’ of the world, more than an exact account of the complete economic benefits. Whilst this map has certainly become more detailed in recent years, territories still need to be charted anew to foresee what a circular economy would look like and how it would function. In this new series, we aim to highlight the opportunities, challenges and impacts that widespread adoption of the circular economy framework could bring to different sectors, using insights from current trends, policy signals and technological advances.

CitiesFuture of...

There’s a long list of trends or technologies that made the leap from science fiction to reality. Could the features of a circular city be next?

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CitiesFuture of...

The Fab City uses digital manufacturing to relocate food, energy and industrial production in an urban setting, creating a locally self-sufficient and globally connected city.

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CitiesEnergy and Material FlowsFuture of...

After decades of stagnation in methods, business models and productivity, the construction industry is on the threshold of radical transformation.

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While digital technologies are transforming vehicles and how we interact with them, they are also reshaping city transport infrastructure. Smart infrastructure technologies, collectively known as intelligent transportation systems (ITS), are being embedded in traffic lights, car parks, toll-booths, roads and bridges, making them increasingly able to communicate with each other

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CitiesFuture of...

The future of vehicles is becoming well rehearsed: electrically powered, available on-demand and self-driving. Less appreciated is how this can encourage the transition to a circular economy.

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Energy and Material FlowsFuture of...

With the development of electric automobiles, connected self-driving cars, and a growing movement of self-governed transport systems mobility is on the brink of major change.

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