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Regenerative Territories

Dimensions of Circularity for Healthy Metabolisms

  • This open access book describes the concept of circularity as a new logic to underpin a renewed urban planning approach

  • Applies the principles of circular economy in a wide territorial context

  • Identifies the different dimensions of circularity including the regeneration of wastescapes

Part of the book series: GeoJournal Library (GEJL, volume 128)

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxx
  2. Dimensions of Circularity for Healthy Metabolisms and Spaces

    • Michelangelo Russo, Arjan van Timmeren
    Pages 1-27Open Access
  3. New Definitions: Amplifying the Perspective of Circular Economy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 29-29
    2. Territorialising Circularity

      • Cecilia Furlan, Alexander Wandl, Chiara Cavalieri, Pablo Munoz Unceta
      Pages 31-49Open Access
    3. Shifting Risk into Productivity: Inclusive and Regenerative Approaches Within Compromised Contexts in Peri-Urban Areas

      • Francesca Garzilli, Federica Vingelli, Valentina Vittiglio
      Pages 51-69Open Access
    4. The Circular Metabolic Urban Landscape

      • Chiara Mazzarella, Libera Amenta
      Pages 71-88Open Access
    5. Urban Manufacturing for Circularity: Three Pathways to Move from Linear to Circular Cities

      • Birgit Hausleitner, Adrian Hill, Teresa Domenech, Victor Muñoz Sanz
      Pages 89-103Open Access
  4. The spatial scope of circularity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-105
    2. Evolving Relations of Landscape, Infrastructure and Urbanization Toward Circularity: Flanders and Vietnam

      • Bruno De Meulder, Julie Marin, Kelly Shannon
      Pages 107-121Open Access
    3. Circular City: Urban and Territorial Perspectives

      • Giulia Lucertini, Francesco Musco
      Pages 123-134Open Access
    4. Towards Circular Port–City Territories

      • Paolo De Martino
      Pages 161-171Open Access
  5. Methodology and Representation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 173-173
    2. Eliciting Information for Developing a Circular Economy in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

      • Gustavo Arciniegas, Alexander Wandl, Marcin Mazur, Damian Mazurek
      Pages 175-192Open Access
    3. Urban Metabolism Evaluation Methods: Life Cycle Assessment and Territorial Regeneration

      • Pasquale De Toro, Silvia Iodice
      Pages 213-230Open Access
  6. Sustainable Strategies and Solutions for Circular and Healthy Metabolisms

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 231-231
    2. Planning Wastescapes Through Collaborative Processes

      • Anna Attademo, Gilda Berruti
      Pages 233-246Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides new perspectives on circular economy and space, explored towards the definition of regenerative territories characterised by healthy metabolisms. Going beyond the mere reuse/recycle of material waste as resources, this work aims to understand how to apply circularity principles to, among others, the regeneration of wastescapes. The main focus is the development over time, and in particular the way how spatial planning and strategies respond to new unpredictable urgencies and opportunities related with territorial metabolisms. The book specifically focuses on living labs environments, where it is possible to tackle complex problems through a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach - including the use of digital spatial decision support environment – which could be able to include all the involved stakeholders. Through a spatial scope of circularity, this book describes several examples including among others ideas from different contexts such as Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Vietnam. Through including reflections on methodology and representation, as well as on solutions for circular and healthy metabolisms, the book provides an excellent resource to researchers and students.


  • Open Access
  • Circular Economy in Urban Development
  • Circular Regeneration
  • Living Labs
  • Circular Urban Development
  • Regenerative Territories
  • Healthy Metabolism
  • Waste Flows
  • Sustainability in Contemporary Territories
  • Spatial Dimension of Circularity
  • Circular Urban and Territorial Metabolisms
  • Spatial (re)Development and Regeneration
  • Urban Planning and Infrastructures
  • Regeneration of Wastescapes
  • Urban Geography and Urbanism

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy

    Libera Amenta, Michelangelo Russo

  • Department of Urbanism, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

    Arjan van Timmeren

About the editors

Libera Amenta is Postdoc Researcher in the Department of Architecture at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, where she teaches Urbanism at the Laboratory of Urbanism at the master level of the MAPA Course “Laurea Magistrale in Architettura Progettazione Architettonica”. She has been, until recently, Postdoc Researcher in the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft, The Netherlands, where she has been also Guest Researcher. Since 2016, she has been carrying out research on topics regarding the circular regeneration of wastescapes as a member of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 REPAiR project. Her latest book is “Beyond WASTESCAPES. Opportunities for sustainable urban and territorial regeneration”.

Arjan van Timmeren is Full Professor Environmental Technology & Design, within the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment and Department of Urbanism at Delft University of Technology (TUD). Besides of the TUD chair, he has also been (co-)founding scientific director and, as of September 2020, Principal Investigator at AMS Institute, a joint initiative by TUD, MIT and WUR - Institute for ‘Advanced Metropolitan Solutions’ - in Amsterdam, together with public and private stakeholders and citizen(platforms). He is the Academic Portfolio Director (APD) Sustainable Cities for TUD and has seats in several (inter)national steering groups, quality teams, scientific boards, special issue editorships and is lecturing all over the globe as expert and keynote speaker.

Michelangelo Russo is the Dean of the Department of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, where he is Full Professor of Urbanism. He coordinated—from 2013 until recently—the Doctorate School in Architecture in the same Department. He has been carrying out several funded research of national and international interest. From 2014 until 2018 he was the head of the Italian Society of Urbanists (SIU). He was the leader of the Neapolitan Team of the European project Horizon 2020 entitled: “REPAiR—Resource Management in Peri-urban Areas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism’’.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Regenerative Territories

  • Book Subtitle: Dimensions of Circularity for Healthy Metabolisms

  • Editors: Libera Amenta, Michelangelo Russo, Arjan van Timmeren

  • Series Title: GeoJournal Library

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78535-2Published: 08 February 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78538-3Published: 08 February 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-78536-9Published: 07 February 2022

  • Series ISSN: 0924-5499

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-0072

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 318

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Landscape Ecology, Regional Geography, Waste Management/Waste Technology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)