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A Geodesign Decision Support Environment for Integrating Management of Resource Flows in Spatial Planning

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Abstract:  Improving waste and resource management entails working on interrelations between different material flows, territories and groups of actors. This calls for new decision support tools for translating the complex information on flows into accessible knowledge usable by stakeholders in the spatial planning process. This article describes an open source tool based on the geodesign approach, which links the co-creation of design proposals together with stakeholders, impact simulations informed by geographic contexts, systems thinking, and digital technology—the Geodesign Decision Support Environment. Though already used for strategic spatial planning, the potential of geodesign for waste management and recycling is yet to be explored. This article draws on empirical evidence from the pioneering application of the tool to promote spatially explicit circular economy strategies in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

Keywords:  Amsterdam; circular economy; decision support tools; geodesign; recycling; urban living labs; waste management


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© Gustavo Arciniegas, Rusné Šileryté, Marcin Dąbrowski, Alexander Wandl, Balázs Dukai, Max Bohnet, Jens-Martin Gutsche. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (, which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.