By 2050, the population of metropolitan areas is predicted to surge from 3.4 billion to 6.3 billion. Although often viewed as an economic phenomenon, urbanisation too signifies an ecological revolution for humankind. Understanding the melodramatic changes in our relationship with nature, space and materials, is key to sustainable progress. Human beings rely on basic needs, material and energy resources mined from nature to survive. All these energy/materials are given back to the ecosystem as waste in the form of deprivation. The contemporary climate crisis is now associated with human activities or/and actions, which led to the discussions and debates of what actions should be taken to avoid further exacerbating the crisis and humankind's future condition. Even with aggressive, coordinated global efforts to mitigate climate change, resource scarcity has far-reaching impacts on our planet. Cities now function as global resource drains. Despite rising recycling rates, most of these resources re-enter the material cycle as wastes or downcycled materials, contributing to our economy's "linear" structure. The term "circular economy" has become associated with an economy designed to be waste-free and regenerative. This description contrasts with the characteristics of our current economic model, which has been defined as a "take, make, and dispose" system. As a result, the goal of this design is targeted as a piloting project in a smaller-scale site within the Bays Precinct. The circular economy is a model for managing scarcity and functioning within a safe operating area, with the ultimate objective to let life in all diversity flourish.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.