The number of smart projects in Amsterdam is growing bigger and bigger! That is an improvement and that is why we will pay a little more attention to a smart project every two weeks. This time our spotlight shines on PlantageLab...
The number of smart projects in Amsterdam is growing bigger and bigger! That is an improvement and that is why we will pay a little more attention to a smart project every two weeks. This time our spotlight shines on PlantageLab.
PlantageLab is an initiative of WOW-Amsterdam, Amsterdam Graphical Atelier and Knowmads business school, united in the foundation PlantageLab. All three are housed inthe former Technical High School in the Kolenkit neighbourhood. This makes theold school a hotspot for artists, social entrepreneurs and other young creativetalents. PlantageLab is an experimental garden with different aspects of a citycourtyards, frontages, roofs and spaces like the zone in between the complex andthe highway.
One of the most important goals of PlantageLab is stimulating knowledge expansion, innovation and entrepreneurship concerning sustainable urban challenges. This is carried out by creating a place for urban farming, roof solutions, urban greening, climate adaptation and environmentally friendly production.
The activities vary from exploiting and managing a cooperative urban farming garden, they provide workshops on for example local water management. In these activities, they always search for connections. Connections between art, science, technique and food production. There are also connections made between the neighbourhood and community and with comparable initiatives, both in Amsterdam, the country and worldwide. In all their activities they act local by using what is available close-by.
The garden has recently been expanded and festively sown. The next month rainwater will be used for the irrigation of the crops. A greenhouse will be build to grow more crops and give workshops, and there is de PlantageDakLab: an experimental garden on the rood to test sustainable roof solutions that at the same time make the building more energy efficient.
PlantageLab cooperates with the municipal government and Amsterdam Smart City to contribute to the goals on innovation and sustainability. They strive for cooperation with the corporate world, science, government and civilians. Because a quadruple-helix cooperation is essential to strengthen the innovation in the region of Amsterdam.
By: Mara de Pater, with help of Frank Westdorp and Luca van der Putten from PlantageLab
Picture: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk