UW Research

Circular City+ Living Systems Lab (CCSL)



The Circular City + Living Systems Lab (CCLS) is a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students researching living systems integrated into the built environment that produce and circulate resources within the food-water-energy nexus and their impact on the circular city. Synthesizing expertise from architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, planning, biology, and ecology, the CCLS applies principles of research and design to investigate transformative strategies for future cities that are adaptive and resilient while facing climate change. Ongoing work at the CCLS includes research on urban integration of aquaponics, building-integrated agriculture, circular economies in the food industry, algae production, and green roof performance.

Core Services Offered

  • Discovery and transfer of new knowledge on living systems in the built environment
  • Advancement of transdisciplinary collaboration between academic and professional stakeholders
  • Training of graduate and undergraduate students in research
  • Advocacy for the advancement of environmentally beneficial circular systems through collaboration, education, and outreach 

Funding Information

NSF from 2018-2021

Reporting Structure

Dean of the College of Built Environments
Chair of the Department of Architecture, College of Built Environments

Related UW Entities

UW College of Built Environments, Department of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture
UW College of Built Environments, Department of Landscape Architecture
UW Information School

External Partners

Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. – Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research Division for Food Production and Society (NIBIO)
Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP)
University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science, Department of Marine Sciences (GU)
Wageningen UR Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences (WU)