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11 March 2021

Circular economy and the future of cities

Milan Digital Week starts again from 17 to 21 March, the event promoted by the Municipality of Milan - Department of Digital Transformation and Civic Services - and organized by IAB Italia, Cariplo Factory and Hublab. This year it refers to economic and social transformations and environmental issues that we are currently experiencing.

"Fair and Sustainable City", this fourth edition is based on these two themes to trace the transformations that the last year has brought with it and which will constitute many guidelines in the near future.

It is a challenge - even against time - that sees everyone, small and large companies, individuals, associations and schools of all levels and kinds, participating in a mutation of which we are all - at the same time - actors and spectators.

Is a circular city possible?

By 2050, two thirds of the world's population will live in cities. However, urban centers today are facing the effects of the current economy based on producing, using and discarding. This "linear system" causes cities to consume over 75% of natural resources, produce over 50% of global waste and emit between 60 and 80% of greenhouse gases. Circular economy offers the opportunity to rethink the production and use of the materials and products we need and allows us to explore new ways to ensure the protection of life and resources.

How can the principles of circular economy be implemented in cities?

We will talk about it on March 19th from 11:30 to 12:30, live on the Milano Digital Week website during "The circular economy and the future of cities", the event organized by Tondo - an international non-profit organization operating in circular economy - and the Circular Economy Lab - an initiative by Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center and Cariplo Factory. Among the guests, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will talk about the role of circular cities in the transition to sustainable development and Ricehouse will present its solutions for sustainable architecture. To encourage change it will be presented Hacking the City- Design a Circular Future, an hackathon conceived to design and support circular solutions.



• Luigi Riccardo, Circular Economy Lab, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center;

• Sarah O'Carroll, Network Manager: Institutions, Governments and Cities, Ellen MacArthur Foundation;

• Tiziana Monterisi, CEO RiceHouse;

• Francesco Castellano, Founder Tondo.



Matteo Scarabelli, Chief Communications Officer Cariplo Factory


The event will highlight how the circular economy can provide the opportunity to redesign a circular urban context, capable of responding to the main economic, social and environmental challenges we are facing.