Implementing nature based solutions that create a resourceful circular city

Towards the end of October the first meeting of a new EU funded COST ACTION network, that includes Brighton School of Architecture and Design’s Katrin Bohn as one of two UK representatives, started its work in Brussels.   COST ACTION networks are established to advance research in Europe and beyond. This new network is focussed on implementing nature based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city. https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA17133#tabs|Name:overview. It will examine four themes, the Built Environment, Urban Water, Resources Recovery and Urban Farming, that chime well with research interests within our School of Architecture and Design and the wider University. Two other recently won EU programmes will that include School of Architecture and Design partners deal with two of the ACTION’s themes, namely a new Interreg project won by Duncan Baker Brown, colleagues and partners, Facilitating the circulation of reclaimed building elements in Northwestern Europeand Katrin Bohn’s other EU project, EDI-CIT-NET,looking at sustainable food systems within cities in Europe and beyond.

These join an every growing number of national and international research projects that School of Architecture and Design colleagues are participating in. In the last year five new projects have been funded to the value of over half a million pounds, via the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (Dr Alex Zambelli) and Economic and Social Research Council (Professor Robert Mull). All of these are linked by a common strand that challenges social, environmental and architectural practices within contemporary cities. As forward looking research they deal with the design implications arising from themes related to migration, refugees, the commons, urban food systems and the circular economy.

Look out for more news on these as they develop over the coming years.