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Sophie van der Ploeg, Community Manager & Program Lead Digital at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

7 smart city summer tips

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Summer is my favourite season in Amsterdam! There are so many things to do, it’s sometimes hard to choose where to go. To make your lives a bit easier, I curated a list of smart city  exhibitions, activities and experiences from our partners and community. Zigzag across the city and experience the future of the energy systems, water management and food in urban areas. Enjoy!

1. Energy Junkies exhibition  at Nemo The Studio
Our  dependence on fossil fuels and the effects of our energy consumption on climate change are the focus of NEMO’s new exhibition for adults: Energy Junkies. NEMO invites you to explore the decisions that will determine our future. How would you transform our energy addiction into a healthy habit? Create your own carbon diet, choose the right medicines from the climate pharmacy and dream about a world where we are cured of our energy addiction. Visit Energy Junkies at NEMO’s Studio, the off-site location for adults on the Marineterrein in Amsterdam.
Energy Junkies is open from Wednesday – Sunday, from 12:00 – 17:30 until July 2023. Costs are € 7,50

2. Interactive installation Senses of Amsterdam at OBA Slotermeer
The municipality of Amsterdam is using more and more new technologies to make the city more liveable and safe. But what do these sensors actually measure? And what happens with the data they collect? What does this mean for the people of Amsterdam? The installation Senses of Amsterdam informs visitors about how sensors make Amsterdam a smarter city, what measurements are taken and how data is collected. The interactive installation by the Responsible Sensing Lab  is currently exhibited at the public library (OBA) in Slotermeer.
Visit the interactive installation Senses of Amsterdam daily until 25 September 2022.

3. Study excursion about trends and innovations in Amsterdam’s cycling infrastructure
Yes, the Dutch and their bikes are inseparable! And Amsterdam is often cited as the cycling capital of the world. Are you interested in how Amsterdam is innovating in the areas of cycling and urban mobility? Join the study excursion organised by the Urban Cycling Institute and Bicycle User Experience (BUX). The two-hour excursion (by bicycle, of course!) brings you to key  locations exemplifying Amsterdam’s innovative approach to cycling infrastructure and policy. You will meet internationally-oriented cycling experts and become part of a larger network of  the Urban Cycling Institute and Bicycle User Experience (BUX).
The study excursions take place on Saturdays, August 13, 20 and 27 from 16:00 – 18:00. Costs are € 50,00 per person.

4. Exhibition Fluid Matter in the Architecture Centre of Amsterdam (ARCAM)
The Amsterdam water system regulates water levels and quality in one of Europe’s  most densely populated areas. Due to the urban growth and climate change, the system will be increasingly strained in the future. This means that different design choices have to be made, but this situation also offers opportunities for new ways of dealing with water. What choices do we have? How can we design with the water? In the interactive exhibition Fluid Matter, you will discover this complex water system through scale models of four urban districts of Amsterdam: Houthavens/Haven-Stad, North/Schoonschip, City Centre/Kattenburg and IJburg/IJmeer.

Visit the Exhibition Fluid Matter from Tuesday – Sunday (13:00-17:00) until November 2022. Costs are € 4,00.

5. Johan Cruijff ArenA Innovation Tour
Take a tour into the world of innovations at the Johan Cruijff ArenA!  With thousands of visitors during large events, the home of Ajax becomes a small smart city. Already recognized as one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world, the Johan Cruijff ArenA is also one of Amsterdam’s premier living labs for energy, mobility, security, and visitor experience innovations.  The Johan Cruijff ArenA offers private tours showcasing innovative approaches and solutions for the stadium of tomorrow, ideal for team building events and (inter)national delegation visits.

The Johan Cruijff ArenA’s Innovation Tours last ~45minutes and can be booked by sending a request to tour@johancruijffarena.nl with “Innovation Tour” in the subject line. Costs are €24,38 excl. VAT per person, with minimum of 20 persons per group.

6. Floriade Expo 2022, Almere      
Once every ten years, all the horticultural greats gather during the Floriade. Experts from all over the world come together to present green solutions that make our cities more enjoyable, beautiful and sustainable. With the theme of ‘Growing Green Cities’, more than 400 national and international participants showcase their latest green innovations, solutions and applications. From state-of-the-art solar roof tiles to amazing vertical façade gardens and from the best ways to grow tomatoes to the latest pruning techniques. You can see, taste and experience it all at Floriade in Almere.

The Floriade ) is open daily until 9 October 2022 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit their website. Costs are € 29,00.

7. Exhibition Makers of Noord by Waag
From large goods to small workshops, makers have always been an important part of Amsterdam Noord. Scattered throughout the district you will find individual makers and collectives, craftsmen and creative entrepreneurs. Their future in the city is under pressure, partly due to gentrification. On the other hand, the city heavily depends on these makers to cope with the energy transition and the enormous demand for housing. The good news is that many makers are still located in Amsterdam, and in particular in Noord. Who are these makers of Noord, what do they make, and how does this contribute to the city, the neighbourhood, and our lives? Get to know different makers from Noord and listen to their inspiring stories about re-use, sustainability and traditional craftsmanship.
The Makers of Noord exhibition can be visited in Museum Amsterdam Noord from Thursday – Sunday from 13:00 – 17:00 until August 27. Costs are €4,00.

Looking for more inspiring smart city events and experiences in and around Amsterdam? You can find them on the events and experiences pages on our platform! So do you have other tips for inspiring smart city activities not to be missed this summer? Share them with the community in the comments!

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Andrei Beca, Aquaponics Greenhouse Operator at Metabolic, posted

In-Depth Aquaponics Teachings - Beginners

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Learn the basics of the Aquaponics farming method.

The workshop takes through our 85 sq m greenhouse that hosts various methods of growing with Aquaponics (Deep Water Culture, Media Bed, NFT, Dutch Buckets, Towers, and a Wicking bed - all part of the same system).

Of course, we will not forget the fish and we will take you through our basic aquaculture setup - 2 round fish tanks of 1000 L, each equipped with 750 L mechanical filters and the sump which also acts as a filter.
The course gives you a good start on the journey into aquaponics.

More info here -> https://deceuvel.nl/en/event/in-depth-aquaponics-workshop-metabolic/

Andrei Beca's picture Masterclass / workshop on Sep 3rd
Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Gezocht: Operationeel Manager a.i. bij Amsterdam Smart City (20-24 uur, 4-6 maanden) [GESLOTEN]

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Voor ons kleine, gedreven team bestaande uit vijf mensen, zijn wij per direct op zoek naar een mensgerichte, verbindende operationeel manager ad interim. Het betreft een tijdelijke functie voor 20 – 24 uur per week voor een periode van (naar verwachting) 4 – 6 maanden.

Wie zijn wij?
Amsterdam Smart City, onderdeel van de Amsterdam Economic Board, is een innovatieplatform dat de metropoolregio van Amsterdam helpt om samenwerking en kennisdeling te realiseren op grootstedelijke vraagstukken. Dit doen wij met een divers netwerk van 27 partners die zich committeren aan een betere, duurzame en toekomstbestendige wereld. Deze partners zijn overheden, maatschappelijke organisaties, kennis- en onderwijstellingen en bedrijven. Daarnaast beheren we een internationale community van meer dan 8000 pioniers, innovatieprofessionals en koplopers die elkaar op de verschillende thema’s ontmoeten en verder helpen. Door al deze partijen te verbinden, en met hen het gesprek te voeren over de grote uitdagingen in onze regio, komen we tot innovatieve oplossingen die bijdragen aan betere straten, buurten en steden.

Wij zijn ervan overtuigd dat de veranderingen die nodig zijn voor de vooruitgang van de stad en regio alleen gerealiseerd kunnen worden door samen te werken. Onze activiteiten zijn daarom gericht op het faciliteren van deze samenwerking, zodat partijen samen tastbare en duurzame innovaties tot stand kunnen brengen. Amsterdam Smart City richt zich met name op vier transitieopgaves: mobiliteit, de digitale stad, energie en circulaire economie.

Wat vragen we van jou?
In deze rol ben je verantwoordelijk voor de dagelijkse aansturing van het Amsterdam Smart City kernteam. Je coacht en begeleidt de individuele teamleden en zorgt voor overzicht en structuur. Je bent een coachende leidinggevende die het leuk vindt om met jonge mensen te werken en je hebt een groot gevoel voor teambuiling. Je plant en denkt vooruit, neemt graag het voortouw en je zorgt voor verbinding en vooruitgang. Tevens werk je nauw samen met de programmadirecteur van Amsterdam Smart City die vooral het gezicht naar buiten is en de contacten met onze externe partners actief onderhoudt. Je weet een brug te slaan van externe ontwikkelingen naar de interne operatie en processen.

Wat ga je doen?

  • Je geeft leiding aan het team en begeleidt en coacht het team bij de uitvoering van het werk;
  • Je ziet toe op de voortgang van dagelijkse werkzaamheden;
  • Zo nodig geef je feedback en stuur je bij;
  • Je beheert het jaarplan 2022 en maakt met het team afspraken over de planning van werkzaamheden voor de tweede helft van 2022;
  • Je zorgt ervoor dat activiteiten conform (kwaliteits)afspraken en planning verlopen;
  • Je schrijft een aantal van de werkprocessen verder uit;
  • Je zit het wekelijkse teamoverleg en andere interne overleggen voor en zet gemaakte afspraken intern uit;
  • Je hebt wekelijks overleg met de programmadirecteur om de interne operatie af te stemmen op externe ontwikkelingen.

Wie ben jij?
Wij zoeken een interim collega met een mensgerichte instelling die anderen aanzet tot reflectie en actie. Met jouw coachende en verbindende kwaliteiten weet je zowel individuele teamleden als het team als geheel naar een hoger plan te tillen.

  • Je hebt een WO/HBO werk- en denkniveau;
  • Je hebt ruime werkervaring in het leidinggeven aan (jonge) professionals;
  • Je bent positief en ondernemend ingesteld;
  • Je kunt uitstekend plannen en organiseren;
  • Je maakt makkelijk contact en inspireert anderen tot actie en ontwikkeling;
  • Je hebt een uitstekende beheersing van de Nederlandse en Engelse taal in woord en geschrift.

Wat bieden wij?

  • Een interim functie per direct voor 20-24 uur per week;
  • Een fijne werkplek op het Marineterrein in Amsterdam, met een informele en collegiale sfeer;
  • Een klein team waarin we nauw met elkaar samenwerken;
  • Amsterdam Smart City is een inclusieve organisatie die de kracht van de diversiteit van medewerkers inzet om betere resultaten te halen voor de Metropoolregio Amsterdam.

Interesse gewekt?
Ben je enthousiast? Dan horen we graag van je! Stuur je cv en een korte motivatie voor 25 juli a.s. naar: info@amsterdamsmartcity.com. Voor meer informatie over de functie kun je contact opnemen met Sophie van der Ploeg via sophie@amsterdamsmartcity.com. Hopelijk spreken we elkaar snel!  

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

The Circularity Gap Report for the Built Environment

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The first Circularity Gap Report for the Built Environment in The Netherlands has launched!

The Netherlands has set an ambitious goal: a circular building sector by 2050. However, the built environment in the Netherlands is a massive motor for downcycling. Only 8% of the total material consumption comes from secondary materials.

This report by Metabolic, C-creators, Goldschmeding Foundation and Circle Economy shows new insights and specific actions for businesses, policymakers, urban planners and labour unions to accelerate circularity in the sector.

Get the overview from the summary in Dutch or download the full report in English below.

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Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Building with recycled building materials

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Reused materials are an important element of circular construction. The more re-used components and recycled materials we use, the fewer virgin materials we need, and the lower our environmental impact. To do so effectively, the supply of reused components and recycled materials should influence the building’s design.

Learn more in the article below.

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Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Programma voor Demodag #16 Circulair & Digitaal

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Volgende week dinsdag 21 juni vindt de eerste fysieke demodag sinds de pandemie plaats. De thema’s Circulariteit en Digitaal staan centraal, en het programma is inmiddels rond. Er staan weer mooie initiatieven en complexe vraagstukken op de planning.

Demodagen zijn onderdeel van ons innovatieproces en bedoeld om de voortgang van verschillende innovatieprojecten te stimuleren, hulpvragen op tafel te leggen, dilemma's te delen en anderen te betrekken bij projecten of uitdagingen. Meer informatie over wat de demodagen precies zijn en waarom je mee wilt doen, vind je hier.

Klinkt het programma interessant? Je bent meer dan welkom om aan te sluiten. Laat het ons weten in de comments of mail naar trisha@amsterdamsmartcity.com. De Demodag is van 14:00-16:45 met een borrel na afloop

Reduceren (illegale) drones in de stad – Daan Groenink (Gemeente Amsterdam)
De Gemeente Amsterdam detecteert steeds meer (illegale) drones in het luchtruim van Amsterdam. In samenwerking met de politie onderzoekt de gemeente hoe zij het aantal drones kunnen verminderen met zo min mogelijk handhaving. Hoe kan de Gemeente dit het best aanpakken?

Subsidieregeling ketensamenwerking - Suzanne van den Noort (Provincie Noord-Holland)
De provincie is bezig om een subsidieregeling op te stellen om te stimuleren dat meerdere bedrijven in de keten op regionale of bovenregionale schaal gaan samenwerken om circulaire projecten, diensten of processen te realiseren. Hiervoor is een verkenning gedaan om te komen tot een regeling die zo goed mogelijk aansluit op de vraag van bedrijven en dus subsidiëring mogelijk maakt van de activiteiten die de gewenste samenwerking stimuleert. In deze werksessie wil de provincie haar beeld en ideeën verrijken en toetsen om keuzes te kunnen maken hoe de subsidieregeling het beste vorm kan krijgen. Daarnaast speelt de vraag hoe de concept regeling voordat deze in werking treedt kan worden getoetst bij vertegenwoordigers van de doelgroep(en): primair bedrijven.

Digitale Materialenbank - Mark van der Putten (Gem Amsterdam)
In Amsterdam wordt gewerkt aan de implementatie van circulariteit bij ontwerp, inkoop en beheer van de openbare ruimte. Hergebruik is inmiddels verder gedifferentieerd tot ‘Hergebruik, tenzij …’ en wordt in eerste oriëntatie lokaal binnen de projectgrenzen toegepast. Indien er binnen een project geen ruimte is voor het hergebruik, zijn de vrijgekomen assets beschikbaar voor een ander project elders in de stad. Maar zo een uitwissingsproces loopt niet vanzelfsprekend. Aan de basis hiervan ligt uitwisseling van informatie. Hiervoor staat Amsterdam aan de start voor het ontwikkelen van de digitale materialenbank, waarin latende projecten en ontvangende project respectievelijk hun vrijkomende assets en te reserveren assets kenbaar maken

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Developing circular and sharing economy practices in cities

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Part of the New European Bauhaus Festival, the Intelligent Cities Challenge will host a side session: Developing circular and sharing economy practices in cities, on Thursday, June 9th at 10.00 to 11.30am CET.

The event will explore the innovative ways five European cities and regions are implementing circularity and sharing solutions to create more liveable and resilient communities.

Amsterdam Metropolitan Region, represented by Space & Matter will share the case of the circular community of Schoonschip, and a vision for scaling up sustainable and citizen-driven communities across Europe via the Crowdbuilding platform.

Alongside Amsterdam Region, best practices and lessons learned will also be shared by fellow ICC cities of Leuven (Belgium), Pescara (Italy), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Porto (Portugal).

The event is open to both ICC community members and all other interested stakeholders. Please subscribe to this registration form in order to receive the calendar invitation.

Cornelia Dinca's picture Online event on Jun 9th
Tom van Arman, Director & Founder at Tapp, posted

Want to become a Smart City Architect?

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Are you an architect, urban designer, planner, engineer or designer and want to know more about the challenges facing the future of Amsterdam, or want to become more familiar with the many smart city technologies, techniques and trends that are available to solve these urgent challenges?

Arcam's Architect in Residence 2022 and Future City Maker Tom van Arman invites the design community to a special a (free) 1 day only Smart City Design workshop where we will show you some key projects accelerating the Amsterdam 2030-2050 agendas.

Spaces are limited RSVP - Wednesday June 15th!

WHY? The physical and digital worlds are becoming more and more intertwined as new markets like drone delivery, micro-grids / blockchain, digital twins and 3D printing are shaping the city sometimes faster than the authorities and architects can cope with.

WHAT? By the end of this workshop you will have had a clear look into the many systems shaping Amsterdam and what a designer like you can do to help transform our future city.

Tom van Arman's picture Masterclass / workshop on Jun 15th
Claudia Cuypers, posted

Regenerative Round Tables

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Recent is er vanuit het Centre of Economic Transformation
van de HvA een onderzoek gestart naar regeneratieve businessmodellen. Graag nodigen we bedrijven die (stappen zetten naar) regeneratief ondernemen
uit voor een ronde-tafel-bijeenkomst, waarbij we o.a. willen onderzoeken welke
vraagstukken en drempels er zijn om regeneratief te ondernemen –
natuurlijk met als doel om versnelling aan te brengen in deze manier van

 De ‘Regenerative Round Tables’ vinden plaats op donderdag 9
juni van 14.00-17.00 op de HvA Business Campus (Fraijlemaborg 133, Amsterdam).
We gaan in gesprek met regeneratieve ondernemers in de textiel,
landbouw/biodiversiteit, de bouw en de maak- en verpakkingsindustrie.

Meet-up on Jun 9th
Beth Njeri, Digital Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Vacancy: Project Manager

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Vacancy alert! The Metabolic Built Environment Team is looking for a Project Manager!

If you have a passion for circular construction, strong experience in project management, and a keen sense for relationship building, please do check out our vacancy and apply.

Do you know someone who would suit this role? Please share it with your network.

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Jasmyn Mazloum, Communicatie at Gemeente Almere, posted

Borrel expositie circulaire materialen | PRICE Circulair

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Sinds februari dit jaar hebben hebben we met PRICE onze eigen EXPO in het centrum van Almere. Je vindt in de expo allerlei bouwmaterialen, met name uit Flevoland. Speciaal voor de deelnemende makers, ons netwerk en experts op circulair gebied organiseren we een PRICE EXPO borrel. Meld je hier direct aan.

Voor wie is dit interessant?
Ben je op zoek naar innovatieve bouwmaterialen voor een project? Bijvoorbeeld omdat je inkoper bent, bij een woningcorporatie werkt en graag inspiratie wilt opdoen. Misschien ben je juist op zoek naar gelijkgestemde makers en daarmee een netwerk in Flevoland? Maar, je bent ook welkom als je gewoon nieuwsgierig bent naar de expo.

Wat gaan we doen?
Naast dat we met elkaar kennismaken, is er ook de mogelijkheid voor makers om hun product te pitchen. Interessant als je op zoek bent naar een afnemer of nieuwe partners.

Datum en tijd
24 mei, 16.00 - 18.00

Diagonaal 40, in het stadscentrum van Almere
Parkeren: je kunt parkeren in de Hospitaalgarage, Stadhuisgarage of op parkeerterrein Hennepveld
OV: onze hub ligt op 5 minuten lopen van het station Almere Centrum.

Wat is PRICE?
Praktijk- & Innovatiecentrum Circulaire Economie, zeg maar PRICE. Wij zijn hét circulaire actielab voor Flevolandse doeners. Ondernemers, studenten, docenten, bewoners en overheid – al deze mensen brengen we samen om de nieuwe economie werkelijkheid te maken.

Jasmyn Mazloum's picture Meet-up on May 24th
Adriaan van Eck, Implementing IoT & Smart Energy , posted

📣 Rethink Energy: Join us on MAY 9 to co-develop the open source Shared Energy Platform

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📣 Rethink Energy: Join us on MAY 9 to co-develop the open source Shared Energy Platform

#Internet of #Energy, #digitaltwins, #opensource

Port of Amsterdam, Shared Energy Platform and FLEXCON 2022 invite you to
co-develop an Open Source Smart Energy Platform for industrial scale!

Scoping sessions formally encapsulate the expectations, success factors, and
high-level business requirements for a successful project, as well as
explain the needs, reveal previously unconsidered areas, and establish

The Scoping Session will be held from 13:00 to 15:00 CET on Monday, May 9th. Please register through this form: https://lnkd.in/eZTZtYpm

To get you more familiar with the topic, we have made a brief video of the
highlights discussed in the FLEXCON2022 webinar held on the 21st of

Highlights of the Flexcon webinar – March 21st 2022: https://lnkd.in/e3RWcjP7

Registration for the scoping session on May 9:

Check the great line-up of the FLEXCON 2022 programme: https://flexcon2022.eu/

Thank you, and we are looking forward to having you there!

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Claudia Cuypers, posted

Inspired by Nature // Op zoek naar regeneratieve businessmodellen

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ONLINE INSPIRATIESESSIE vrijdag 20 mei 14.00-16.45u met Leen Gorissen, georganiseerd door het HvA innovatienetwerk INNNER.
In deze sessie ontdekken we de vraagstelling “Hoe kan je van
‘gebruikmakend van de aarde’ gaan naar ‘dienend aan haar ecosysteem’?” en
“Hoe zorg je er als bedrijf voor dat je de planeet beter en gezonder
achterlaat dan je haar gevonden hebt?”. We laten ons inspireren door de
keynote van Leen Gorissen, doctoraat in de biologie, expert in onder
andere transitiekunde, Biomimicry en Regenerative Design & Development.

Online event on May 20th
Daniela Guzun, Events Manager at Hyperion Lab, posted

AI & HPC Showcase Party - Hyperion Lab

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May 12, 6 pm, join us for the KICK-OFF SURPRISE PARTY, where we will reveal the hottest AI and HPC Innovations while enjoying cocktails made by a robot bartender. Shaken not stir. 🥂

What to expect?
- See with our eyes how technology brings your ideas into 3D universes.
- How AI is training itself to become smarter.
- How AI will transform the future of the fashion industry.
...But let’s not reveal too much 😏

Attend the event to say goodbye to our first showcasing startups and celebrate their success gained through the work with Hyperion Lab.
And meet the new startups to rock the stage of our showcase program.

😎 Drinks and food on us! You come with enthusiasm.

🚀 Sign up today!

Hyperion Lab is a community-driven project aiming to become the go-to place for AI and HPC innovations.
Our space hosts startup innovations from all around Europe, supporting them with hardware and expertise.
In addition, we host training and events related to the AI and HPC community.
Our mission at Hyperion Lab is to bring together the Dutch and International AI and HPC community within a large-scale smart city in Amsterdam South East. Join our community!

Daniela Guzun's picture Meet-up on May 12th
Adriaan van Eck, Implementing IoT & Smart Energy , posted

Webinar: Slim gebruiken en opslaan van zelf opgewekte zonnestroom: ontwikkelingen en toepassingen

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Gebruik #zonne-#energie optimaal!

Het tweede webinar in de #Smart #Energy #Community 2022 heeft als thema “Slim gebruiken en opslaan van zelf opgewekte zonnestroom: ontwikkelingen en toepassingen”.

Direct aanmelden voor 26 april:

Nieuwe tariefstructuren: een prikkel voor slimme sturing?
De netbeheerders pleiten voor een nieuwe tariefstructuur waarmee het voorkomen van piekbelasting beloond wordt. Dit is nodig wegens de toename van zonnepanelen, warmtepompen en laadpalen. Fons Jansen van Enexis gaat in plannen voor een bandbreedtemodel: binnen de bandbreedte kan je zonder extra kosten elektriciteit afnemen, kom je erboven dan betaal je een hoger nettarief.

Twee inspirerende Powerpitches:
Brendan de Graaf van Lyv biedt bedrijven, particulieren en communities geavanceerde energiediensten, waarmee men een financieel voordeel kan behalen en
overbelasting van het stroomnetwerk kan vermijden. Het bedrijf biedt een
combinatie van Software-as-a-Service oplossingen in combinatie en met

Joost Brand van Borg Energy maakt duurzame warmte-opslag schaalbaar en haalbaar. Op dagen met een overvloed aan zonne- en windenergie slaan ze warmte op in een buffervat, om deze op dagen met weinig zon en wind te gebruiken. Het eerste werkende prototype is de grond in gegaan bij de Green Village.

Collectieve zelfconsumptie van zonne-energie?
Woningbezitters met een eigen dak kunnen zelf opgewekte zonne-energie salderen, terwijl huishoudens in bijvoorbeeld een appartementencomplex met een collectief dak deze voordelen niet hebben. Aliene van der Veen van TNO deed onderzoek naar
mogelijkheden om dit eerlijker te organiseren. Zij presenteert het rapport
“Collectieve zelfconsumptie: een bouwsteen om het maatschappelijk draagvlak
voor de energietransitie te vergroten?”.

 Aanmelden voor 26 april:

Meer informatie:

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Maria Prosviryakova, Business Development and Research form Architecture office at Architectural Prescription, posted

How can parametric analysis optimise urban design of Schinkelkwartier - the best masterplan in the Netherlands in 2021

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On Thursday, March 17 Grisha Zotov pitched some of the dilemmas his team encountered during the process of urban design. Among others, he touched upon densification and building height as aspects that influence intensity of human interaction.

Located in the former industrial zone, Schinkelkwartier is an example of inclusive and interdisciplinary redevelopment. Destined to be a diverse mix-use hub, Schinkelkwartier will develop in several phases during 25 years. At an early stage local stakeholders and neighbors of the area were involved.

On behalf of Architectural Prescription Grisha raised questions about opportunities and risks offered by water-related location and complexity due to the amount of interested parties.

Suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome.

Local or guest, reach out and share what you think!

Marlies Veld, Project Lead Climate and Energy at City of Amsterdam: Digitalization & Innovation, posted

Themasessie natuurlijke (biobased) bouwmaterialen: InnovatieLab

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Gemeente Amsterdam ondersteunt met het InnovatieLab ondernemers, onderzoekers en start-ups met de ontwikkeling van biobased bouwmaterialen.
Denk tijdens de themasessie op 6 april van 09:30 tot 11:00 met ons mee, zodat dit nieuwe programma goed op jouw ontwikkelbehoefte aansluit!

Marlies Veld's picture Online event on Apr 6th
Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

Digital tools as enablers of a circular economy. The Amsterdam case

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In the 19th episode of the Better cities - the contribution of digital technology-series, I address the question of how digital technology can help in the long road to a circular society.

The contribution of digital technology becomes most visible when viewed in conjunction with other policy instruments and actions. That is why in this episode Amsterdam is in the spotlight; this city has been pursuing a consistent circular policy from 2015 onwards.

Why is a circular economy necessary?

European countries together need an average of 2.9 copies of planet Earth to meet the needs for raw materials. But even one Earth has finite resources, and it is therefore obvious that more and more countries aim to be circular by 2050. The circular processing ladder contains a range of options with the lowest step recovery of energy from materials unsuitable for re-use and furthermore recycling, repurposing, remanufacturing, renovation, repair, reuse, reduction, reconsideration to rejection.

A circular economy is an economic and industrial system that eliminates waste and takes the reusability of products and raw materials and the regenerative capacity of natural resources as a starting point, minimizes value destruction in the total system and pursues value creation in every link of the system. In this context, the term cradle-to-cradle design is often referred to. This is done in terms of material flows and the preservation of values, so that in the long term there is no longer any need for an influx of virgin materialsMaersk has developed a cradle-to-cradle passport, a first for the shipping industry, consisting of a database of all ship components, including all the steel, for recycling, reuse and remanufacturing of new ships or their parts.

The Digital Sustainability-memorandum is considering digitization as an enabler on the way to a circular economy. A fourfold distinction is made in this regard: (1) the coordination of supply and demand of materials, (2) facilitating maintenance and repairs, (3) improving the production process, and (4) supporting partners in chain cooperation. Examples of all these options are discussed below.

Amsterdam and the realization of circular principles

Amsterdam's ambition is to use 50% less virgin raw materials by 2030 compared to the current situation. This goal is also very important for achieving its climate targets: 63% of the CO2 emissions for which the city is responsible come from products and materials that are produced abroad. The municipal government can only partly influence this steam. That is why the policy focuses on three areas where the city has most influence, namely food and organic residual flows, consumption and the built environment.

Amsterdam published its first policy plan Amsterdam Circular: Vision and roadmap for the city and regionin 2015. The emphasis was on organic waste and the built environment. It included 75 action points and its approach was positively evaluated in 2018 and a new report was published. It was decided to continue with the same emphasis with the addition of food and consumption. The addition of consumption was obvious, because Amsterdam had been making a strong case for the sharing economy for some time.

Shortly after the publication of the new report, Kate Raworth’s donut-principles made their entrance. Remarkably, none of the previous reports contain a reference to her work on the donut economics. In May 2019, the first fruit of the collaboration with Kate Raworth appeared, building on the report from the previous year. The collaboration resulted in a new report Building blocks for the new Amsterdam Circular 2020-2025 strategy, involving many stakeholders from the sectors, food and organic residual flows, consumption, and construction. It resulted in 17 building blocks, named 'development directions'.

This report was based on the original 2012 publication on the donut economy. However, there turned out to be one pitfall. The original donut model was designed for global-level applications, which, according to Kate Raworth, cannot be directly traced to the urban level. The social implications of behavior in one city not only affect this city itself, but also the rest of the world. The same applies to the ecological aspects.

As a next step Kate Raworth invited representatives from Amsterdam, Philadelphia and Portland to join a task force and discover what a city-level donut model looks like. In each of these cities, dozens of officials and citizens participated in an interactive process. The result was a new model that uses four lenses to view urban activities: The first and second resemble the original lenses but applied at the city level, for example, the impact of local industry on local nature. The third is how activities in a certain city had a negative social impact on the rest of the world, think for example of clothing, produced under poor conditions. The fourth is the impact of local actions on nature worldwide.

These activities resulted in a new publication, The city donut for Amsterdam. It is an instrument for change that can be applied more broadly than to circular policy. In this publication, the new donut model is mainly used as a conceptual model. Instead of exact calculations, snapshots are collected as illustrations.

While city representatives were busy developing the urban donut model, the work towards the circular city continued unabated, resulting in the publication of the final circular strategy for the period 2020 – 2025 and the action plan for the period 2020 – 2021 at almost the same time. In terms of content, these plans are in line with the publication of the building blocks-report from 2019, including the application of the 'old' donut model from 2012.

In the following, I use both the strategy and the action plan to show the role of digital tools. At the end, I come back to the future role of the city donut.

Digital techniques in the circular strategy of Amsterdam 2020 – 2025

I align with the three value chains: food and organic residual flows, consumption and the built environment that are central to the strategy. Three ambitions are formulated for each of these three, further detailed in several action directions, each containing several projects, most with measurable results to attain in 2021. In addition, a couple of projects are described, that bare related to types of companies, institutions and the port. Finally, there are overarching projects, in which I will again pay attention to digitization, also because the role of the city donut will become visible here.

Below I briefly describe the three value chains, name the three ambitions for each, and give references to digital tools that will play a role within each of the three value chains.

Value chain food and organic residual flows

The municipality wants to combat food waste and reuse organic residual flows as much as possible. The role of regionally produced (plant-based) food will be strengthened in line with the Amsterdam food strategy. In realizing its objectives, the municipality participates in an extensive European project, Rumore.

The three ambitions are: (V1) Short food chains provide a robust, sustainable sensory system, (V2) Healthy and sustainable food for Amsterdammers and (V3) Food and organic residual flows.

Examples of digital tools

• GROWx vertical farm is a farm that aims to achieve maximum returns by applying artificial intelligence to the indoor cultivation of food crops, among other things.

• Restore is a measurement system and simulation model for Amsterdam and surrounding municipalities and companies that provides insight into the financial, ecological, and social effects of various forms of composting and bio-fermentation, including the use of biomass.

• The InstockMarket platform will map (surplus) food flows and - if possible - predict them so that the catering industry can anticipate this when purchasing. The data from this project will be linked to the circular economy data platform

• The Platform www.Vanamsterdamsevloer.nl  makes all local food initiatives (including food events) visible and residents of Amsterdam can share news about food and urban agriculture.

Value chain consumer goods

The emphasis is on consumer goods that contribute substantially to the depletion of rare raw materials, their production is polluting and often takes place under poor working conditions. In addition, the impact on climate change is significant. The emphasis is on electronics, textiles, and furniture because repair is also possible in each of these cases.

Furthermore, a lot of profit can be made by good collection and reuse through sharing and exchange.

Here too, a multi-year research project funded by the European Commission is important. The Reflow project maps data on flows of materials and develops processes and technology to support their implementation.

The ambitions are :(C1) The municipality is setting a good example and will consume less; (C2) Together we make the most of what we have and (C3) Amsterdam makes the most of discarded products.

Examples of digital tools

• The municipality will develop digital tools within the (purchasing) systems that support civil officers in circular procurement.

• The West-district supports www.warewesten.nl. This website brings together the sustainable fashion addresses of Amsterdam-West.

• Using artificial intelligence, among other things, it is being investigated how the lifespan of various goods can be extended so that they do not end up with bulky waste. This can be used, for example, on the municipal website to offer the option of first offering goods for sale or for giving via existing online platforms before they are registered as bulky waste.

• Indirectly, it is worth noting that the municipality wants to make the use of ICT more sustainable by purchasing less equipment (for example through 'hardware as a service'), extending the lifespan of equipment and reducing its energy consumption.

Value chain built environment

This value chain was also chosen because the municipality has an important voice in what and where is built and in the development of the public space. The municipality itself is also a major user of buildings.

In terms of the built environment, circular construction can be achieved through large-scale reuse of construction waste. By ensuring that buildings can be used for more purposes, their demolition can be slowed down. Sustainable materials can also be used in the design of public spaces – from roads and bridges to playgrounds. In addition, consideration could be given to the  climate-adaptive design of the city, resulting in cleaner air and dealing with increasing heat and rainfall.

The ambitions are: (G1): We do circular development together; (G2) The municipality sets a good example and uses circular criteria; (G3) We deal circularly with the existing city.

Examples of digital tools

• Introduction of large-scale application of material passports to have the most complete information possible on material use in all phases of the life cycle of buildings. This is linked to national plans, among other things by providing all materials with an OR code.

• Research into the possibilities of a (national) online materials marketplace. Such a marketplace will influence (local) material hubs, such as the Amstel III construction hub and the creation of circular business cases.

• Providing insight into the supply (demolition, renovation) and demand (new construction, renovation) of circular building materials and thus of circular material flows.

• Creating a digital twin of the public space and the subsurface to be able to furnish and maintain it functionally and circularly.

• Research in digital production due to the rapid development of digital production techniques and their applications, such as robots and 3D printing.

• Research into making the construction, equipment and water and energy consumption of data centers more sustainable.

• Research into which data about residents and users of buildings can be made public and which data should remain private.

The municipality could further simplify the process of permit applications by digitizing everything, enabling applicants to upload the necessary municipal data and construction drawings and calculating the BREAAM score. This applies to both new and renovated buildings.

Overarching theme: Data platform and monitor circular economy

On the road to a circular economy, a lot of data will become available and just as much data is needed to help citizens, companies, and institutions to make sustainable choices and to determine whether the goal of 100% circularity by 2050 is within reach. That is why a data platform and monitor is being developed. This numerically maps all material, recycle, residual and waste flows that enter, leave, and go around the city. This also makes it possible to calculate the impact on CO2 emissions. The data from the material passports and the materials marketplace are also integrated herein, if possible. The monitor also includes social aspects such as health, education, and equality. Relevant data will be open and accessible, so that it can be used for the development of new innovations and applications by the municipality and third parties, also to connect with other urban transitions.

The monitor connects to the four lenses of the city donut of Amsterdam and will collect the data that is currently missing to provide full quantitative insight. This also concerns the environmental impact of all materials that Amsterdam imports for its own consumption. Where the city donut is currently only a partially quantified, the monitor will continuously provide insight into whether the municipality is staying within the ecological preconditions or where it falls short with regard to the minimum social requirements.

Amsterdam's circular strategy and the resulting action agenda is ambitious and will inspire many other cities. Because many projects are small- and medium scaled, it is not yet possible to assess to what extent the strategy and action agenda help to achieve the targets (50% circularity in 2030 and 100% in 2050). Commitment to the development of the monitor is therefore crucial and the municipality will also have to keep an open eye on the parallel actions that citizens, the business community, the port and other institutions must take to achieve their share. After all, becoming circular encompasses much more than food and organic waste, consumption, and construction.

To document the process of the City of Amsterdam's adaptation of circular policy and the contribution of Kate Raworth, I have put together a brief dossier. This includes references to (copies of) all relevant reports and an indication of their content. This file can be downloaded by following the link below.:


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Save the date for the upcoming livecast session from the series: ‘Designing for Neighbourhood Resilience’

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With the research project 'From Prevention to Resilience' the Civic Interaction Design Research Group is exploring how public space and civic engagement can contribute to more resilient urban neighborhoods. And how local communities can become more resilient in the face of crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic, global warming and biodiversity loss. Over the past months, this exploration has resulted in the development of a nature-inclusive design framework, which challenges and enables urban designers to not only consider ‘human’ residents within their scope but also ‘other-than-human’ residents. During this second public event at the Pakhuis de Zwijger, the research team will discuss what this framework brings to the practice of design professionals and how we could use it for new resilient strategies within city planning. Sign up below and join us for a thought provoking conversation.


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RESILIO blue green roofs presentation

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On March 17th we will give a presentation on RESILIO blue-green roofs and climate adaptation during a digital blue green event of the Scandinavian Green Roof Institute!

Policy advisor climate adaptation Joyce Langewen at the Gemeente Amsterdam and Merle van der Kroft, project consultant/engineer at MetroPolder Company will guide you through this. Both are working on the RESILIO project.

The presentation starts at 3.10 pm. Tune in this free event, register here.

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