AMS Science for the city: Printing Circular Cities

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While increasingly popular, 3D-printing has been applied mostly in small-scale, local contexts, also when applied in urban development projects. Is it possible to move this technology out of the margins and turn it into a transformative force when dealing with large-scaled urban complexities? According to the academic talents of AMS Institute, there is reason to believe we can. For example in the recycling of plastic city waste. Can 3D-printing play a transformative role in urban development? How can we print our way from micro- to macro-impact in waste recycling?

Introductory keynote speaker of the evening is Prof. dr. Ellen van Bueren, professor of Urban Development Management at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (TU Delft) and Principal Investigator at AMS.
She develops tangible concepts, tools and principles for an integrated area-specific approach to contemporary urban challenges. “Balancing different interests is central to urban development. How do public and private parties, professionally organised or ‘bottom-up’, manage to create a pleasant, sustainable living environment?”

3d-Printing in the Circular City
This on-going research project investigates the metropolitan challenge of reducing municipal plastic waste. It introduces an innovative solution for the recycling of discarded plastics, which takes advantage of large scale 3d-printing and produces parts that improve public space and the built environment. The multidisciplinary consortium – consisting of TU Delft, DUS architects, Actual Build, AEB Amsterdam, The New Raw and the AMS Institute – combine expertise and elaborate on this concept in the case study of Amsterdam North. The project will be presented by: Foteini Setaki & Panos Sakkas.

AMS Science for the City
Together with Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) Pakhuis de Zwijger organizes a series on metropolitan development and innovation. How can big data, prototyping, 3D-printing and scientific innovation help to solve the complex challenges that the metropole Amsterdam faces? Upcoming and established (inter)national urban professionals from AMS and its academic partners (TU Delft, Wageningen University, MIT) will introduce us to the newest research and practical solutions within urban themes as water, energy, waste, food, data and mobility.