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Kate Black, Communications Director at Metabolic, posted

New geo-design tool can help Amsterdam turn waste into value

TU Delft, AMS Institute, and Metabolic are working with an international consortium of parties to develop an interactive online application that maps resource flows in peri-urban Amsterdam – one of six living laboratories for the REPAiR project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

The tool equips city planners and urban designers with an interactive map of waste streams and shows how they could be usefully redirected, identifying the significant opportunities in peri-urban areas where the city and the countryside meet.

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Urban Mining and Circular Construction: What, Why, and How it Works

How can we continue to build while minimising negative impacts on the environment? The answer lies in urban mining and circular construction – but what is it and how does it help cities and developers?

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Metabolic Cities Program

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Given their immense ecological footprint and impact on human wellbeing, it is critical that cities make the transition to become sustainable and circular. Yet accessing the right resources and crafting the right policy isn’t easy. The Metabolic Cities Program is here to help.

For more information, read about the program here or look at the full Metabolic Cities Program brochure.

Get in touch by emailing <a>cities@metabolic.nl</a> or call +31 (0) 203690977

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Metabolic Circular Cities Program Launches

By 2050, 70% of us will live in cities. To meet the challenges of today and prepare for tomorrow, cities must rapidly embed sustainable approaches into their development. The new ‘Metabolic Cities Program’ – starting with a focus on spatial planning – will bring together European cities to accelerate the transition to becoming inclusive, regenerative, and circular. Application for membership is now open.

Many European cities have taken the lead in setting goals towards becoming more sustainable. But knowing where to start and understanding which strategies can really have the most impact can be a real barrier for progress.

That’s why we’re excited to launch the Metabolic Cities Program to guide cities to engage with communities, make data-driven decisions, accelerate their progress to becoming sustainable leaders, and connect them to a change-driven network of other pioneers. The program builds on the work we have already undertaken, supporting dozens of cities and regions in their transition to a sustainable and circular future.
Membership of the Metabolic Cities Program is open to cities across north west Europe. Joining the program provides access to exclusive consulting, learning, and collaboration opportunities with cities across Europe.

Spatial Intelligence Research Trajectory

One of the cornerstone activities of membership will allow cities to participate in our yearly Metabolic Cities research trajectory. These trajectories seek to answer a critical challenge and provide a toolkit for developing smart policy and infrastructure.
Our first research trajectory will be on Spatial Intelligence. It will help cities overcome one of the biggest barriers to sustainable transition; helping them implement city-wide sustainability goals at a neighbourhood level through data modeling tools and our advanced spatial planning approach. Through the program, cities learn how to apply their policy goals spatially, define KPIs to track progress, and engage with local stakeholders to jump-start implementation. Cities share lessons learned and can build partnerships around similar challenges and interventions.

The approach recognizes that cities are complex living systems, and therefore policy must be applied locally. It also addresses the fact that spatial analysis can be resource intensive, requiring new tools and collaborations.

For more information, have a look at the full Metabolic Cities Program brochure or get in touch: cities@metabolic.nl

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Zero-Waste Festivals: A How-To Handbook

Together with our partners at Green Events Nederland, Metabolic is excited to announce that we've produced a handbook on how to strategize and implement a waste-free festival.

Festivals are the perfect playgrounds for testing circular design, responsible upcycling and waste-free strategies. Interested in mapping the material flows of your festival? Take a look at our handbook.

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Take Part in Metabolic Masterclasses in Circular Economy Week

The Dutch Week of the Circular Economy (15th to 19th January) is an annual celebration of the opportunities of the circular economy and a chance to inform more people on how to get involved. To enable people to join in, Metabolic is hosting two masterclasses from its suite of educational programs at a discounted rate:

- Designing the Circular Cities of the Future: 9.30am, Wednesday 17 January
- Building Circular Food Systems: 2.00pm, Wednesday 17 January

Spaces are limited so book fast.

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