Circular vision

Share a vision with the whole design team on how circular economy will be incorporated into the building's design. Define a common purpose and agree on a set of goals and ideal outcomes.


Why is sharing the same vision important? 


Visions offer guidance for joint action and provide coordination among the different construction partners. Defining a common purpose clarifies the mission and the priorities for both the project and the collective process. It links the partners together and creates a mutual understanding of the benefits of collaborating on a circular building project. From there, the design team can agree to which degree circular economy will be integrated into the design process and can draw up a plan of approach.

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From here and now towards the ideal outcome: define the strategic vision

Answer the following questions for your project:

1.1 What is the current situation?

1.2 Which (kind of) project are you launching?

1.3 What is the ideal outcome and the goal of the project? To what extent is circularity included?

Work from ambitions, not requirements. Explain in words, images, metaphors, ...

1.4 What serves as a motivation or inspiration to develop a circular building project?

Outcome: a collective end goal


Develop a plan of approach

For the entire design process, set goals, organise the collaboration, who does what, how to fulfill the ambition?

2.1 Following the set ambition, what are the expected intermediate and final outcomes?

2.2 Which steps need to be taken to reach the goals? Who will take these steps? What can each member bring into the project at which stage?

2.3 What is the time frame?

2.4 How will it be checked if the goals are reached or not?

Outcome: The process towards the end goal is subdivided into clear tasks and intermediate goals. The tasks are scheduled and divided.


Risk management


3.1 What will we do when partners have differing visions of success?

3.2 What will we do when partners agree on a vision but disagree on the means to achieve that vision?

3.3 How will we manage tensions between partners’ individual organizational goals and the goals of the collaboration?

3.4 Are we open to shifting our vision of success as the collaboration progresses? If so, what will be our process for revisiting it?

More information and sources

Creating a circular vision - Circular Economy Lab

Share a vision of success - Circular regions