ASC Summer Mustreads

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Summer is here! Time to take a few weeks off, clear your mind and relax in the sunshine! If you are less fortunate, you are still going strong in an empty office with an empty mailbox. Either way, you’ll have time to read a few highlights posted this year by the Amsterdam Smart City community! These are the summer mustreads! Enjoy!

Summer is here! Time to take a few weeks off, clear your mind and relax in the sunshine! If you are less fortunate, you are still going strong in an empty office with an empty mailbox. Either way, you’ll have time to read a few highlights posted this year by the Amsterdam Smart City community! These are the summer mustreads! Enjoy!

Who owns the city?

Tourism can be a great thing for cities. But we don’t have to tell you it is can cause problems too. In this blog our former colleague Ross Tilchin writes about the economic and cultural impact of tourism in cities. Who owns the city?

Smart cities 1.0, 2.0, 3.0. What’s next?

A smart city might be the heaven for technofreaks but it might also be a place where citizens and administrators work together to create sustainability and liveability. Curator Herman van den Bosch wrote an article about the definition of a smart city and the stages we have. Smart has many faces.

Turning citrus waste into value-added raw materials

ASC curator Micha Hes: ‘Each year, more than 250 million kilos of citrus peels are thrown away in the Netherlands and then incinerated or fermented. It’s a pity these processing methods are used because the peels actually contain lots of valuable raw materials.’ Read more about this startup here.

Dutch cities urge government to support joint smart city strategy

The G5 of the Netherlands' largest five cities together with the G32 of middle to large size Dutch towns are keen to take a leading role in developing smart cities and have asked central government in The Hague for support. They presented a joint vision to the Dutch prime minister this winter. What is the message of Amsterdam and the other cities? Read all about the National Smart City strategy.

Going off the grid in Amsterdam

Living in the middle of the city and producing nearly all your own electricity and heat. Three men from Amsterdam decided to go for it. Who are these ‘Amsterdammers’ who have turned their homes into small sustainable energy plants? And why on earth did they do it? A portrait of three people who went all the way and say they live more comfortable than ever. Frank Hylkema lives on a typical houseboat (in Dutch).

And then, after all the reading it is time to play a little game. Can you guess the city by its bike lane map?

Enjoy the summer!


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