A Spatial Strategy for Eurodelta, boosting the Transition to circular construction (ASSET)

The SURE Eurodelta network, under the leadership of the City of Amsterdam, will begin a new INTERREG North-West Europe project ‘A Spatial Strategy for Eurodelta, boosting the Transition to circular construction (ASSET)’. 40 affiliated partners including METREX will explore whether the transition to a circular built environment can be accelerated through cross-border collaboration.

A circular built environment (CBE) comes with new and greater demand for space. For example, physical space is needed for circular building hubs, storage and sorting areas for reused materials and for developing bio-based materials, etc. This transition adds to the spatial claims of the energy transition, climate adaptation and regeneration of biodiversity.

Materials used in the built environment and labor forces move within the Eurodelta everyday – crossing borders in the Free European Market. The Eurodelta is a highly urbanized agglomaration of urban centers within North-West Europe located in the Rhine Meuse Delta.

In the ASSET project, 40 affiliated partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, North Rhine Westphalia and North of France will explore whether the transition to a circular built environment can be accelerated through a collaboration across borders. The focus of the project is the spatial implications that this transition requires.

Policymakers are only beginning to realize the far-reaching spatial implications of a truly circular built environment. These effects will be mapped out in this project. The aim is for the Eurodelta, to become a blueprint for a European circular built environment (CBE) on a mega-regional scale and probably the first of its kind in Europe. ASSET aims to develop a spatial strategy for a CBE in the Eurodelta that would support the partners in establishing a jump in scale from the urban/regional level to a larger mega-regional spatial perspective.

The project focuses on the analysis of policies, best practices and organizing local workshops to find joint ambitions, tasks and solutions. The results, such as spatial design principles, measures and best practices are to be shared between the partners and other European regions and cities that want to be involved.

To generate new perspectives, the research partners will provide scientific support through student workshops and university courses. Students will be asked to come up with innovative solutions that provide insight into circular design principles at various spatial scales (building, neighborhood, city, mega-regional).

The ASSET project is one of the 15 projects approved for INTERREG North-West Europe’s call 3, which will span for 18 months starting in Spring 2024 and comprises of main partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, and North-West Germany. They include the City of Amsterdam (lead partner), the Municipality of The Hague, Province of South Holland, TU Delft, Brussels Environment, Perspective Brussels, METREX, Duisburg Business & Innovation GmbH, Krefeld Business, RWTH Aachen University and Deltametropolis Association.

In addition, 30 associated organizations are also part of ASSET, which include NGOs, contractors, and the construction industry and logistics across the Netherlands, Belgium, North-West Germany and Northern France.

The decision of approved projects (including ASSET) for Call 3 can be found on the following INTERREG N-W Europe webpage