Embedding advanced urban material stock methods within governance processes to enable circular economy and cities resilience

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Project Title: CREATE — Embedding advanced urban material stock methods within governance processes to enable circular economy and cities resilience


About Create

CREATE project aims at supporting urban transformation processes towards the circular economy by making an inventory of the existing material stocks within urban construction, developing reliable scenarios for future expected material flows, and providing governance arrangements on how to approach the circular economy transition. The project will focus on the largest urban infrastructures and communal assets, namely buildings, municipal roads, water, and wastewater pipes. A truly transdisciplinary consortium will work with a mixed research design that integrates quantitative modelling with qualitative study and design of governance aspects. The project will further improve already existing, validated, and applied tools and arrangements and combine them with new digitalization technologies to inform decision-makers and enable a circular built environment. This will be achieved by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in a co-creation process with three urban living labs and six fellow cities in five countries, which will result in numerous capacity building moments throughout the entire project. A thorough analysis of best practices of cities steering the circular economy transition together with new governance interventions will result in concrete proposals of tailored governance arrangements for the participating cities including a concrete proposal for an upscaling strategy for Europe.

Work Package Structure

The CREATE project follows a set of strategic underpinnings that connect the different work packages in three dimensions:

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Funding program

The CREATE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 875022.

Urban LivingLabs

About LivingLabs

JPI Urban Europe definition:

A forum for innovation, applied to the development of new products, systems, services and processes in an urban area; employing working methods to integrate people into the entire development process as users and co-creators to explore, examine, experiment, test and evaluate new ideas, scenarios, processes, systems, concepts and creative solutions in complex and everyday contexts.

Key components:

There are 4 key components of a Living Lab.

Steps of LivingLabs

There are 2 phases with 6 steps respectively for a Living Lab, starting with a pre phase and following by a development phase

Steps of UrbanLivingLabs

Case Studies

  • Nijmegen in the Netherlands
  • Gothenburg in Sweden
  • Rennes Metropolitan area in France
  • Vienna in Austria

Fellow cities



October 20-21, 2022 [[Physical CREATE project meeting in Gothenburg]](

June 22-23, 2023 [Physical CREATE project meeting in Rennes]

June 06-07, 2024 - [Physical CREATE project meeting in Nijmegen]

Project results/ Deliverables

Overarching Goals

  1. Develop and visualize an overview of material stocks and flows that are part of the built environment,
  2. Provide tailored software solutions to cities that support a circular built environment, and
  3. Co-create governance arrangements that enable a broader participation of stakeholders, experimentation with decision-support information, and the upscaling of best practices.


CREATE Deliverables

Avaliable deliverables

Leonardo Rosado
Leonardo Rosado
Associate Professor

Studying cities from an Urban metabolism perspective. Its flows and stocks, its functions and needs. To provide information towards urban planning and circular economy.

Holger Wallbaum
Holger Wallbaum
Full Professor, Vice-Head of Department and Vice-Dean for Research

Holger is a Full Professor in sustainable building at the Division of Building Technology, research group Sustainable Building, and in the Area of advance Building Futures. Holger works within sustainable building on concepts, tools and strategies to enhance the sustainability performance of construction materials, building products, buildings as well as entire cities.

Maud Lanau
Maud Lanau
Assistant Professor

My research interests include socioeconomic metabolism and understanding the potential of built environment stocks for circular economy.