The Civic Crowdfunding City / The Circular City 

The CIRCULAR CITY is made by all projects that link sustainable local production to sustainable local consumption, creating short-chain, low emissions and zero waste economies. Waste from certain urban activities can function as resource input for others, and thus recycling materials and and sources are also a key aspect of this city.

This seminar will examine how urban civic crowdfunding can serve as a methodology to create and enforce short chains urban production and create a circular economy.

Opening keynote from Dr. Aristide Athanassiadis;

Aristide is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Université Libre de Bruxelles and a visiting postdoc research fellow at Université Paris 1 Panthéon–Sorbonne. Aristide recently finished a joint-PhD between Université Libre de Bruxelles and University of Melbourne on the topic of comprehensive urban environmental assessments including concepts such as Urban Metabolism, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Circular Economy, Urban Ecosystems, Material Flow Analysis, etc. In addition, holding a MSc of Architectural Engineer (2010) and a 4Cities Erasmus Mundus Master in Urban Studies (2012), his fields of interest revolve around the built environment and its complex interactions with society and the environment. During the last years, he has collaborated and worked with/for several universities, research centres, environmental administrations, NGOs, youth organisations and consultancy firms on a great variety of projects. Finally, Aristide co-created the open-source urban metabolism initiative MetabolismOfCities that aims to bring together people, data and publications in one central place.

Platform cases



  • Garde manger solidaire
    Le Garde-Manger solidaire est une boite à dons pour la nourriture, pour aider les personnes en difficulté et lutter contre le gaspillage.
  • (tbc)

La Ruche

  • Projet Bonapp
    Food sharing app  
  • Le Haricot Magique
    The zero waste cooperative
  • Panel discussion participants:
    Growfunding: Sylvie Leullieux
    Co-City:Guillaume Desmoulins
    La Ruche: Jean-Sebastien Noel
    Moderator: Dr. Aristide Athanassiadis



Event Timeslots (1)

Dr. Aristide Athanassiadis (ULB)