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Future Mobility Amsterdam - 8 Concepts from California College of the Arts

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As of the 1st of July 2019, Amsterdam officially began to ban the use of mobile phones while biking. How then, do we safely use navigation apps while biking? Graduate design students from the California College of the Arts Oakland asked these questions and many more during their summer program “Urban Mobility Amsterdam”. For example, one industrial design team proposed a hands free solution titled “INNATE” an Intuitive Navigation System for bike grips to connect your favorite Map app and guide you safely through the city via haptics and LED signals built into your handlebars! The students developed and presented their final concepts at Van Moof HQ on Thursday 27 June. For more information about this concept and 7 more please visit

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Testing Amsterdam Broedplaatsen in Boston USA.

Throughout history, the Dutch have been world famous for reclaiming land to make way for more productive space. Fast forward to today, and we see how the city is reclaiming derelict space to make way for creative industries. With over 60 locations to date, ‘Amsterdam Broedplaatsen’ has already transformed former problem-properties into more productive and profitable districts. Since its inception 10 years ago, this approach has proven to be a success having created acclaimed hotbeds like De Ceuvel, A-Lab, B.Amsterdam.

Can the success of Amsterdam Broedplaatsen work internationally?

Last month, we tested the Broedplaatsen concept in Boston. This 24hrs hands-on workshop asked 8 teams of entrepreneurs, spatial planners and community leaders to transform 15 properties in the Dorchester & Mattapan neighbourhoods. The challenge utilised digital tools and strategies of relevant data collection, applying design thinking, and immersion techniques. All eight teams rapid prototyped some serious pop-up solutions that will have a lasting impact on the growth and sustainability of the district communities.

See the results here:

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Smart Cameras for a Smart City

Last Friday 01 March 2019, the city of Amsterdam published a digital map showing us which parts of the city are collecting data about our environment and even ourselves:

Among other things the map shows is the actual location of surveillance cameras, but what it doesn’t show you is how smart these cameras are becoming. In the future, these cameras will be embedded with new layers like deep-learning, wire framing, motion tracking and facial recognition capabilities that deliver more detail and insights about our streets, sidewalks and neighbourhoods.

As more of these cutting edge cameras technologies become sewn into our urban fabric, the question becomes: what is the difference between cameras as surveillance or as a civic solution?

Our CITIXL initiative teamed up with Smart Taipei and Umbo Camera to explore how these cameras will impact society in Amsterdam. The goal of this experiment was to collect data as dialogue and discuss what these cameras mean for our future smart city.

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Amsterdam is helping other water scarce cities avoid "Day 0”

Amsterdam is not a city that needs to worry about water. However there are many cities around the world that are seeing much more extended dry periods and will soon run out of water. Cape Town, San Paulo, Las Vegas, Mexico City and many more will run out of water in next few decades unless water use is radically changed. These water scarce cities will start designating water distribution points and start rationing water.

This is called 'Day 0’

CITIXL is now testing 15 wireless smart water meters in De Ceuvel, a clean tech living lab in Amsterdam that asks the question: How can we measure or monitor water consumption? And what new tools can we co-create that encourage water conservation?

CITIXL will begin to work with communities to become a living model and help other cities avoid ‘Day 0’

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What do all these Living Labs mean for Amsterdammers?

Today there are over 40 “Living Labs” and hundreds of experiments, tests, pilots taking place in Amsterdam. Last Friday, 25 January 2019 we asked Amsterdam’s policy makers, knowledge partners and community leaders a series of questions in a fun interactive pub quiz format entitled “Living Labs - New Years Resolution”. The event was divided into various ePolling sessions with the aim to capture and visualise the various interpretations, definitions and attitudes of todays living labs. Make your opinion count! If you want to add your voice to the discussion please visit and take the quick-scan 5 minute survey. We’ll be sharing the results next Friday, 8 February.

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Top 10 Living Labs to check out when visiting Amsterdam

Earlier this summer I was interviewed by Ioana Păunescu for Igloo magazine about what makes Amsterdam so unique as a smart city. Simply said, Amsterdam has always been a laboratory for experiments. Since the Renaissance, citizens have always street-tested new concepts of religion, economics, politics and social justice. Today we are celebrating a new ‘digital’ renaissance where our municipality and communities remain committed to experimentation to develop brand new tools and solutions to make Amsterdam more responsive, resilient and sustainable for its residents and tourists alike.

Before visiting Amsterdam, check out these Top 10 Living Labs to see these experiments first hand.

Want to test your own experiment in Amsterdam? or learn how you can transform your own street or public space into a living lab? contact us at City Exchange Lab -

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