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English version of e-book 'Cities of the future...' is available

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I 'am happy to announce the availability of the English version of my new e-book 'Cities of the Future: Always Humane. Smart if Helpful. You can download it for free. The boek deals with 15 urban challenges like waste, global warming, health, food quality, traffic, housing, living environment, safety, participation, empowerment and resilience. It describes 75 city actions to deal with these challenges.

You will find the English version here:

and the Dutch version here:

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Carolien Wiltink, Online Marketing manager at Seenons, posted

Yoghurt Barn bespaart 82% restafval door innovatieve startup

Afval scheiden geen nut? Zeker wel! In de pilot van Seenons en Yoghurt Barn hebben we mooie resultaten behaald. Van 2.000 liter restafval naar 360 liter in 1 week! Een besparing van 82%.
Een mooie kans voor Seenons om met Yoghurt Barn uit te breiden naar meer locaties. En daarmee impact te vergroten Door de bronscheiding van the yoghurt barn en het inzetten van fijnmazige logistiek zijn wij in staat om reststromen circulair te verwerken! Hiermee wordt de Co2 verlaagd en worden reststromen weer opnieuw gebruikt.

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Audrie van Veen, International Strategist at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Helsinki publishes guide to agile urban pilots

How to get the most out of urban experimentation? The guidebook for urban developers sums up learnings and experiences from agile piloting in Helsinki.
The Pocket Book for Agile Piloting shares the experiences from Smart Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab in Helsinki and condenses the key learnings in a pragmatic and easily digestible way. Free download via Forum Virium

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

WeMakeThe.City RESET: Digital Rights

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After two successful editions, the WeMakeThe.City festival is heading for 2025 as a biennale: the 750th anniversary of Amsterdam. This year the uncertain future of our city and metropolitan region was discussed in a 12-hour livecast marathon on the 21st of September. The WeMakeThe.City theme ‘Reset’ brings together genius thinking, imagination and creativity to formulate alternative perspectives for action. How are we going to do things differently in the coming years? How do we work together to make our metropolis fairer, more inclusive, more sustainable, more climate-resilient, safer, more successful and happier? After all, together we make the city of, for and by everyone!

During last spring's lockdown, it became even clearer how much we depend on the digital world. We meet, chat and date in front of the screen. A solution to combat the spread of Covid-19 is also being sought in the digital domain. These developments have raised the privacy issue again: how can people's data rights be protected? Such as anonymity, transparency and control over data. Time for a good conversation about values and the importance of digital civil rights.

The session kicks off with Marleen Stikker, director of Waag and Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. Marleen explains what our digital human rights are. ‘These are the same rights just as in the analogue world. Where there is relatively much attention for analogue human rights, our civil rights in the digital domain have run wild, too little attention has been paid to this. Let's reclaim those rights! It is for example about the right to be forgotten, the right to be anonymous, but most important to me is digital sovereignty. Everyone should have the possibility to have insights in their own actions online.’

Ger agrees with Marleen. According to him, governments, and cities as well, collects too many data about residents and the public space without even knowing what they want to do with these data.’ The reason to collect them should be to learn something specific that you can improve or help people. Helping people with the collection of data also brings in new dilemmas. The city used to have a collaboration with energy providers for example. Once someone didn’t pay for the energy service, they sent out a message to the city administration. The City could then prevent someone get evicted from his/her home.

This example is not enough reason for Marleen to collect the data: ‘To me, this sounds as if we didn’t invest in our society. We could have helped these people as well if they had adequate supervision or guidance. In last years, we invested heavily in the digital domain and we made budget cuts on home care, debt counselling and community police officers. Digital solutions are not always the best solutions! Especially not when all kinds of companies have data without people knowing about this.’ Ger: ‘To a certain point I agree with this point. Digital rights also include rights to know about the data that is collected, why this is and what you can do about this. This is currenty not transparant at all, even though the City of Amsterdam is becoming more and more about about his.

Marleen: ‘I see the City of Amsterdam going in the right direction, by starting for example the Coalition for Digital Rights. However, the steps in this direction go really slow, especially in politics. This way, it remains unclear what rules companies dealing with personal data should obey. That’s why Marleen also calls on politicians in The Hague: guarantee digital human rights by imposing conditions on the market.’

Next up is Miram Rasch, researcher and teacher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and writer of the book ‘Friction. Ethics in times of dataism. Her book opens with a story about escaping the eyes of data collectors and algorithms. She states this is only possible at home. And even there, it becomes harder. ‘We have smart meters, smartphones, smart tvs. It is not clear why these devices need to collect data, with whom they share them. We don’t know now, but especially we don’t know in the future. Everybody has something to hide, because we don’t know yet what we should hide. Of course you have to inform yourself about the conditions you’re accepting. However, this is not easy at all. Try to read the Terms and Conditions of the services you use, the texts are too long and complicated. Unfortunately it can take a long before something changes. The few individuals who are conscious about the digital world, won’t change it. We need rules and regulations! But we know from the past, that maybe something heavy has to happen before people open their eyes.’

Jim Boevink, advisor Taskforce Digital Safety at the City of Amsterdam, starts an intermezzo about the right to be anonymous. Marleen Stikker: ‘People who want to abuse others, are free to hide themselves. This is because platforms are not responsible for the content their users post. They earn money with these users, they are their business models. But they they are not responsible for things happening on their platform. This is the first thing that has to change. The legal system is not in order. Make them responsible for the content on their platforms.’ M**arleen: ‘And good to emphasize: someone who is critical about the digital domain and the internet, is not necessarily against the digital world. We only have to make the internet safe and reliable!’**

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Tom van Arman, Director & Founder , posted

ModelMe3D - City Information Modeling !!!DEMO!!!

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Howdy - this Friday 25.09 @12h we'll be giving a demo to show you MM3D - a new “white board” for city information modeling that can empower you or any other project stakeholders to plan, collaborate & share projects. In this webinar we’ll show you what all these features and functionalities mean for your own real-world projects. We’ll be using the Marineterrein (former navy base) in the heart of Amsterdam as our user case. Interested? Grab a sandwich and sign up here:

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

Become a vision zero city

Any human activity that causes 1,35 million deaths a year globally, more than 20 million injuries and a total damage of $1600 billion and is a major cause of global warming would be prohibited at once. With the exception of traffic, as it is tightly connected with our way of life and commercial interests.
In my post I introduce 'vision zero cities', like Helsinki and Oslo, that are on their way to reduce the number om traffic casualties to zero. How: by strict separation of types of traffic and speed reduction. You also can read that according to leaders of the industry, the advance of self-driving cars is stagnating and in the next decades will not contribute to safety.

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Jochem Kootstra, Redacteur at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted


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Het is European Mobility Week: extra aandacht voor duurzaam rijden

Welke stappen zijn nodig om het Europese doel van klimaatneutraliteit in 2050 - netto geen CO2-uitstoot - te behalen? European Mobility Week moedigt steden en lokale instanties aan om duurzame stappen te ondernemen en te delen. Zodat we elkaar inspireren. Van 16 tot en met 22 september staat Europa, en zo ook de Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA), in teken van uitstootvrije mobiliteit: #WeMoveSmart.

‘Zero-emission mobility for all’. Het thema van European Mobility Week van 2020 zet het belang van een uitstootvrije toekomst voor iedereen in de schijnwerpers. Van laadpalen voor iedereen tot elektrische deelauto’s in de buurt, onderzoeksprogramma en Centre of Expertise Urban Technology timmert binnen lectoraten Energie en innovatie en City logistiek hard aan de weg om duurzame mobiliteit inclusiever te maken.

Het aantal elektrische voertuigen groeit in Nederland explosief. Dat is mooi. Het brengt alleen wel een nieuwe uitdaging met zich mee: voldoende laadpalen. HvA werkt binnen project Future Charging samen met gemeenten, laadexploitanten, energiebedrijven en netbeheerders aan de laadinfrastructuur van de toekomst, zodat iedereen met elektrische auto’s optimaal kan blijven laden. Middels een eigen simulatiemodel onderzoekt het team de effecten van toekomstscenario’s op het gebruik van laadinfrastructuur, de impact op het elektriciteitsnet en de openbare ruimte.

“Door onze grondige kennis op het gebied van laadgedrag en simulatiemodellen, kunnen we steeds beter scenario’s voor de toekomst rekenen en de toenemende belasting van het elektriciteitsnetwerk verminderen. Zo kijken we naar de laadbehoeften in 2030 en simuleren we scenario’s met snelladers en laadpleinen”, vertelt projectleider Rick Wolbertus. “Binnen Future Charging bouwen we tevens verder uit naar verschillende type vervoer zoals duurzame deelauto’s en logistiek. Zo kan elektrisch rijden toegankelijker worden.”

Elektrisch rijden is niet alleen essentieel voor particulier vervoer, ook in het bedrijfsleven moet een energietransitie in gang gezet worden zodat we de klimaatdoelstellingen halen. Binnen lectoraat City logistiek werkt HvA aan diverse projecten om horeca- en servicelogistiek te verduurzamen. Terwijl project Gas op elektrisch focust op het het elektrisch maken van bestelauto’s voor installatie-, reparatie- en onderhoudswerkzaamheden, gooit project H2WasteCollect het over een andere boeg met een alternatieve brandstoftechnologie: waterstof. In het project gaan vier vuilnisauto’s die volledig aangedreven worden door waterstof, ook wel H2-elektrische vuilnisauto’s, de dienst uitmaken om huisafval in te zamelen.

Om de onderzoeksresultaten in lijn met European Mobility Week breder beschikbaar te stellen, zoekt Urban Technology connectie tussen beroepspraktijk, wetenschap en onderwijs. Denk hierbij aan expertmeetings en workshops, professionele en wetenschappelijke artikelen, netwerkbijeenkomsten en onderwijsproducten, zoals case studies voor HvA-minoren - studiespecialisatie binnen een vakgebied. De projecten worden vaak samen gedaan met studenten vanuit verschillende invalshoeken. Zowel studenten met een achtergrond in Engineering, Data Science, Beleid en Psychologie werken aan de projecten om de energietransitie op gang te brengen. Dit gebeurt zowel tijdens colleges, groepswerk, stages en afstudeertrajecten bij vakpartners.


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Yeni Joseph, Public Policy Manager , posted

Applications open: CATALYST 2020 live from New York - a three-week virtual program for Dutch scale-ups

We are calling all Dutch scale-ups with ambitions to scale internationally to apply for the BENELUX CATALYST 2020, a fast-paced three-week, no-equity based virtual accelerator program, taking place in November 2020 live from New York. Applications are now open!

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) are collaborating with partners in New York and from Belgium and Luxembourg for the Benelux Catalyst program, targeting high-growth tech scale-ups from the Benelux and working together to kick start their international growth.
About the program
The Benelux Catalyst is a three-week virtual accelerator program from November 2-20 2020 for scale-ups from the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The program is designed to have a transformative impact on the mindset, ambition and international expansion strategies of participating companies. The daily virtual sessions are live from New York (Monday-Thursday), combining workshops, peer insights, office hours and on-demand content.
· Company specific matchmaking and personal introductions
· Presentations and workshops by experts and service providers
· Knowledge sharing and peer mentoring by fellow entrepreneurs
· Access to the larger NYC community through events
Program fee
Given the small cohort size and the tailor-made experience for this program, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will select 2-3 Dutch scale-ups to participate in the program and sponsor the majority of the program fee per selected company. This means that selected Dutch scale-ups pay a contribution of €750 per selected company to join the Catalyst virtual accelerator program (November 2-20 2020).

Want to know more?
Have a look at the two-pager attached.

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Jochem Kootstra, Redacteur at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted


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Hoe kan infiltrerende bestrating langdurig bijdragen aan een klimaatbestendige stad?

Mede door de droogte van de laatste jaren is infiltrerende bestrating weer een belangrijk aandachtspunt geworden bij gemeenten. Zulke bestrating laat namelijk niet alleen regenwater beter in de grond zakken, onder de weg kan het water ook worden vastgehouden voor drogere perioden. Dat kent wel een belangrijke uitdaging: onderhoud. “Beter onderhouden infiltrerende bestrating helpt klimaatdoelstellingen te behalen”, aldus Jeroen Kluck, lector Water in en om de stad aan de Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA).

Veel gemeenten willen met name weten hoe je voorkomt dat infiltrerende bestrating op termijn dichtslibt. De bestrating moet namelijk regelmatig vrijgemaakt worden van onkruid, afval en bladeren om goed haar werk te blijven doen. “Dat bewijzen de oude infiltrerende bestrating ook”, concludeert Ted Veldkamp, onderzoeker en projectleider van onderzoeksproject De infiltrerende stad. “Wat je vaak ziet: locaties met lage infiltratiecapaciteit (hoeveel millimeter water er per uur de grond ingaat) hebben veelal te maken met verkeerde keuzes in beheer en onderhoud. Dat liet voor ons het belang zien van een betere langetermijnstrategie.”

“Wij testen het verschil in effect van reguliere en grondige reiniging”, gaat Veldkamp verder. “Denk bij reguliere reiniging aan periodiek vegen en bij grondige reiniging aan regelmatig gebruik van een hogedrukspuit of ZOAB cleaner (wegdekreiniger). Uit onze analyses blijkt dat de laatste twee methodes voor meer dan tien keer zoveel infiltratiecapaciteit zorgen en een langdurige werking van het systeem opleveren.”

De overstap van reguliere reiniging naar grondige reiniging met bijvoorbeeld een ZOAB cleaner, zorgt wel voor meer werk en kosten. Maar is dat ook zo op de lange termijn? Met behulp van een eigen ontworpen mkba-tool (maatschappelijk kosten baten analyse) vergelijkt het onderzoeksteam diverse scenario’s om tot de meest kosteneffectieve aanpak te komen. Door te variëren met specifieke kenmerken, zoals methode onderhoud, deel of gehele straat infiltreren, omgevingsfactoren, mogelijke schadekosten, biedt de tool nieuwe inzichten.

“Daaruit blijkt dat infiltrerende bestrating, mits grondig gereinigd, maar liefst 20-30 jaar mee kan”, concludeert Veldkamp. Dat trekt de kosten op de lange termijn recht vergeleken met traditionele bestrating. Dit komt door onder andere verminderde schadekosten, hergebruik van groen water en het wegvallen van rioolkosten. “En daarnaast van belangrijke waarde”, voegt Kluck toe, “het maakt steden klimaatbestendig!”

Veldkamp: “Onze grootschalige testen en de adviesrapporten zijn een begin, maar uiteindelijk moet er langdurig worden getest om het verloop van effectiviteit van de infiltratie te meten. Er moet dus niet alleen budget vrijgemaakt worden voor ontwerp en aanleg, maar ook voor goed onderhoud. En alles wat daarbij komt kijken: personeel, wie is waar verantwoordelijk voor. Daarom doen we workshops en andere sessies met gemeenten, mkb’ers en wegbeheerders, om hen wegwijs te maken in toekomstige aanpak en investering. Wegbeheerders moeten bijvoorbeeld nieuwe richtlijnen krijgen voor hoe ze de infiltrerende bestrating het beste kunnen onderhouden. Dit alles kost tijd en energie, maar alleen dan kan infiltrerende bestrating goed werken.”

Hoe gaan we droogte en wateroverlast tegen? Tijdens De week van De infiltrerende stad van 14 t/m 18 september kom je hier meer over te weten. Van interviews tot praktijkproeven, de hele week staat bij HvA in teken van infiltrerende bestrating om steden klimaatbestendig te maken.

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CyrusOne Announces Partnership to Research Residual Heat Capture at its Amsterdam I facility to Heat 15,000 Homes in Haarlem

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The Municipality of Haarlem, SADC’s PolanenPark and CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ:CONE), a premier global data center REIT, today announced the signing of a unique Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly examine the economic and technical feasibility of a heat re-use project in the region. The MoU follows successful collaboration among the three stakeholders over the last 12 months. It is expected to result in the successful capture of residual heat from CyrusOne’s Amsterdam I data center’s water cooling process, which will feed into a new district heating network to heat 15,000 homes in the municipality. If the plan proves feasible, a new agreement to start development will be signed in the first quarter of 2021, with CyrusOne’s Amsterdam I data center expected to provide the very first source of heat.

This MoU was made possible by the alignment and agreement among the data center operator, the landowner and local government. The partnership marries the Municipality of Haarlem’s pledge to become natural gas free by 2040 with CyrusOne’s stated commitment to be a strategic partner for sustainability.

“It is crucial that we build data centers that work in a way that is compatible with a sustainable future. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified demand for data center capacity, as consumers become more reliant on digital tools for remote working, learning and entertainment,” said Matt Pullen, EVP and Managing Director, Europe, CyrusOne. “The signing of this MoU is a hugely significant progression for the data center industry, and we hope this is the first of many instances in which local government bodies and land owners, such as the Municipality of Haarlem and SADC’s PolanenPark, demonstrate commitment to work together with CyrusOne on similar sustainable projects.”

“The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area applies very strict sustainability conditions for the development of data centers,” said Arnoud van der Wijk, Project Director, PolanenPark. “PolanenPark and Schiphol Trade Park in Hoofddorp, both developments of SADC, are two of the very few locations in the region that meet these conditions. The use of residual heat is one of the important pillars of both concepts of the so-called Green Datacenter Campus. For PolanenPark, I’m proud that we’re doing this together: using a pipeline to take the waste heat to the homes of Meerwijk and thereby making a great contribution to the energy transition. This project is unique for the Netherlands and far beyond.”

“Haarlem is committed to becoming natural gas free by 2040,” said Robbert Berkhout, Alderman of the Municipality of Haarlem. “This means that the municipality must look for alternatives for heating homes and businesses. With the research into the use of residual heat, Haarlem is taking an important step in the development of a heat network in the district.”

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

A Successful Launch of the CityFlows Webinar Series — Crowd Management in Times of Corona

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On Tuesday, 8 September, forty-five participants gathered for the first CityFlows webinar on the topic of crowd-management in response to corona. Speakers came from three partner cities: Eelco Thiellier, Project Manager Crowd Monitoring System Amsterdam (CMSA); Valentino Sevino, Mobility Planning Director at City of Milan’s Environmental Mobility and Territory Agency (AMAT); and Aina Pedret, Mobility & Tourism Specialist at the City of Barcelona.

The participants were CityFlows project partners (37%), crowd-management researchers or academics (17%), crowd-management professionals working for public authorities (13%), crowd-management professionals working for companies or start-ups (10%), non-professionals interested in the topic (13%), and other (10%).

The meeting represented a successful launch of the EIT-KIC CityFlows webinar series which will continue with additional webinars in October, November and December.

Following a brief introduction to the CityFlows project, Eelco Thieller shared how the City of Amsterdam has quickly adapted its crowd monitoring infrastructure to respond to the corona crisis. Eelco showed the techniques that are used and how they are instituted throughout the city in crowded locations, or “hot spots”, such as shopping districts and market areas, the Red Light District, and in parks and at event locations. The focus is always on managing crowds or flows of people in the most privacy-preserving way with infrared sensors being a good example of how this is done in Vondelpark. Eelco also described the predictive models that were developed using the data which are helpful with determining what crowd-management actions should be undertaken by the City to ensure the health and safety of the residents and visitors.

Valentino Sevino shared a broader perspective on how the City of Milan has used data and modelling to respond to the corona emergency. Valentino showed how the modal-share in the city had drastically changed since the end of February through June as a result of the corona crisis. This shed light on levels on congestion throughout the city and showed a large reduction in all modalities during the lock down. Following the lock-down, public transport began operating at 25% which then required the city to undertake a complete rethinking of the mobility system with the goal of focusing on more temporal distribution, promotion of remote working, and promotion of active transport through street space reallocation to non-motorized transport. The data collected enabled them to predict and plan for different scenarios, especially considering the goal of abiding by social distancing guidelines during rush hours.

Aina Pedret from the City of Barcelona responded to the first two presentations by reflecting on the global challenge of ensuring confidence and safety for people in response to corona. To ensure this confidence and safety for both locals and tourists, the City of Barcelona is developing an application showing real time data of busyness at “hot spots”. And similar to the City of Amsterdam, the City of Barcelona is using cameras to monitor and manage occupancy and crowds at busy locations such as markets.

The webinar ended with an open discussion facilitated by Dorine Duives, CityFlows Principle Investigator at TU Delft.

Did you miss the webinar? It is possible to watch the recording via


CityFlows is an EIT-KIC project aims to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the use of Crowd Monitoring Decision Support Systems to manage pedestrian flows. The project is led by AMS Institute and brings together crowd-management and mobility practitioners and researchers in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Milan. The CityFlows project tests and evaluates various innovative crowd monitoring techniques in real-life settings where large crowds meet, such as mass events, tourist spaces and transfer hubs. The CityFlows project also prepares a CM-DSS for market launch which incorporates state-of-the-art monitoring techniques.
Join us for one or all of the next CityFlows webinars:
• Tuesday, 13 October, 2020 – 12:00-13:00 CET
• Tuesday, 3 November – 15:00-16:00 CET
• Tuesday, December 1 – 15:00-16:00 CET

Are you a practitioner or researcher working on a relevant crowd-management project and would like to share your work and findings with the CityFlows network? Send a short email explaining your project to CityFlows Communications Officer, Cornelia Dinca via

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Jochem Kootstra, Redacteur at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted


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Naast hevige regenval en wateroverlast waar Nederland regelmatig mee te kampen heeft, horen we de laatste zomers steeds meer over problemen met droogte. Hoe gaan we met beide klimaatproblemen om? Onderzoekers van de Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) bieden oplossingen met zogeheten infiltrerende bestrating. Wat doet dat precies? “We willen van de stad een spons maken”, vertelt Ted Veldkamp, onderzoeker en projectleider van onderzoeksproject De infiltrerende stad. Lees meer over de eindresultaten die gemeenten en mkb op weg moeten helpen.

“Infiltrerende bestrating bestaat al tientallen jaren”, vertelt Veldkamp. “Door deze bestrating loopt het regenwater beter weg in de grond. Het water gaat door poreus gemaakte stenen of door de brede voegen die tussen de stenen liggen. Bovendien houdt het systeem dat onder de bestrating wordt aangelegd het water langer vast. Zo voorkom je wateroverlast en kun je water bewaren voor droge periodes.” En dat is nodig met drie opeenvolgende droge zomers en een toename in neerslagintensiteit.

“Objectieve data over de werking en effectiviteit van infiltrerende bestrating was er nog niet”, vervolgt Veldkamp. “Daarom waren gemeenten vaak nog terughoudend. Nu hebben wij deze vorm van bestrating uitvoerig getest op technisch functioneren op de korte en lange duur. Terwijl we de effectiviteit van infiltrerende bestrating meten om gemeenten te overtuigen van de kracht ervan, dragen we met onze inzichten tegelijkertijd bij aan verbeteringen aan de innovaties of producten van mkb'ers. Die data verwerken wij in adviesrapporten met handvatten voor de markt en voor ontwerp, aanleg en beheer en onderhoud.”

Om tot wetenschappelijke data te komen over de waarde van infiltrerende bestrating heeft het team van Veldkamp grootschalig onderzoek gedaan. Zij deden zeventig praktijkproeven door heel Nederland om de infiltratiecapaciteit, de snelheid waarmee water de grond in zakt, te meten. “Daaruit blijkt dat infiltrerende bestrating beter functioneert dan traditionele bestrating”, zegt Veldkamp. “De infiltratiecapaciteit varieert van 220 mm tot 740 mm per uur, ver boven de EU-norm van 200 mm. Piekbuien kun je daarmee goed wegwerken.”

Moeten dan gelijk alle straten in Nederland onder de schop? “Nee, een straat wordt ongeveer elke 15 jaar overhoop gehaald voor onderhoud en aanpassingen”, aldus Kluck. “Beter is rustig je kans af te wachten om de straten klimaatbestendig te maken. Daarnaast hoeft niet iedere straat aangepakt te worden. Je moet bijvoorbeeld goed weten wat de ondergrond en de grondwaterstand is, en hoe hoog de verkeersintensiteit van de straat is. Hoe hoger de intensiteit, hoe sterker de wegfundering moet zijn. Infiltreren kan niet overal. Maar ons streven is wel: onder iedere straat een slootje.”

“In het vervolg willen we specifiek kijken naar de ondergrond, de waterbergende weg”, sluit Veldkamp af. “De focus komt te liggen op manieren van opvang, berging en regulering. Doordat we onder elke straat een slootje creëren met innovatieve bergingssystemen, willen we droogte tegengaan. De afgelopen drie zomers waren natuurlijk ongezond, en hebben invloed op landbouw en natuur. Ook dit project gaan we weer in samenwerking doen met gemeenten en mkb’ers. Die praktijkgerichte dynamiek is zeer waardevol gebleken.”

In dit onderzoek werkte de HvA samen met de Hogeschool Rotterdam, de Hanze Hogeschool Groningen en een consortium van de aannemers en mkb-ondernemers die innovatieve infiltrerende producten hebben ontwikkeld.

De week van De infiltrerende stad
Hoe gaan we droogte en wateroverlast tegen? Tijdens De week van De infiltrerende stad van 14 t/m 18 september kom je hier bij de HvA meer over te weten. Van interviews tot praktijkproeven, de hele week staat in teken van infiltrerende bestrating om steden klimaatbestendig te maken.

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Bep Schrammeijer, PhD researcher , posted

How do you experience green spaces in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam needs more houses. The city wants to realise this within the city limits, and that means that the city must become more compact. But what does that mean for your neighbourhood? Won’t that become too crowded? The experience with Corona show that in some places there is now already not enough green space for everyone. How can the city ensure that there is enough green space in the new neighbourhoods to relax, play, sport and meet each other?

We are researching how people experience public space in, and around, those places where the City is planning to build more houses. Will you join us? What do you need green spaces for, and which places are important for you? Go to for more information or to take part immediately.

Er moeten woningen bijkomen in Amsterdam. De stad wil dit realiseren binnen de stadsgrenzen, en dat betekent dat de stad compacter moet worden. Maar wat betekent dat voor jouw buurt? Wordt het dan niet veel te druk? De ervaringen met Corona laten zien dat er op sommige plekken nu al niet genoeg groene ruimte is voor iedereen. Hoe kan de stad er voor zorgen dat er in die nieuwe stadswijken voldoende groene ruimte is om in te ontspannen, te spelen, te sporten en elkaar te ontmoeten?

Wij doen onderzoek naar hoe mensen de openbare ruimte beleven op, en rondom, die plekken waar de Gemeente van plan is meer huizen te gaan bouwen. Doe jij mee? Waar hebt u groene plekken voor nodig en welke plekken zijn voor u belangrijk? Ga naar voor meer informatie of om direct mee te doen.

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Maartje Oome, Communications consultant , posted

LIVECAST: Major cities talk green recovery

Can cities recover from the current crisis and cut emissions at the same time? San Francisco, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Amsterdam share their strategies.

22nd of September, 20.45 – 22.00 hrs

This September Amsterdam was supposed to host the annual meeting of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), a network of 22 global cities that have committed to cutting CO2-emissions by at least 80% before 2050. Due to Covid-19 the event has been moved online and focusses on green recovery. How do the cities within the network find and create opportunities in sustainable development to stimulate employment and economic growth?

In this public program Amsterdam alderperson Marieke van Doorninck will speak in our studio with city representatives of San Francisco, Vancouver, Copenhagen and Hamburg and other experts on how their cities are acting and adapting to the crisis. How do they combine greening the economy with other pressing urban needs, like jobs, housing and the struggle against inequality? How does the government support their efforts? And what can they learn from each other?

Register for free and join the conversation.

Contributing speakers:

Marieke van Doorninck
Alderperson Sustainability City of Amsterdam

Johanna Partin
Director Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

Jørgen Abildgaard
Executive Climate Program Director Copenhagen

George Benson
Climate Change, Economic Development, Inclusion and Equity for the Vancouver Economic Commission

Anselm Sprandel
Head Energy & Climate Hamburg

Timothy Doherty
Policy manager San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency

Bert Tieben
Methodologist SEO Economic Research

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

High-tech solutions to the circular economy and digital citizenship

How can Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and Blockchain contribute to a more transparent, sustainable and inclusive future?

As we launch the DLT4EU programme, we are having a panel discussion on the potential role and pitfalls of DLT in Europe. In the panel Indy Johar from Dark Matter Labs will join Piret Tõnurist, Innovation Lead at OECD - OCDE, and Ludovic Courcelas, Government Strategy Lead at ConsenSys. Together they will discuss how DLT and blockchain can encourage a more circular and democratic society.

Join us for this public online event on September 17th from 6pm CET.

More info on the DLT4EU programme:

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Anouk van der Laan, Marketing Manager at Check Technologies B.V., posted

Elektrische deelscooter aanbieder Check lanceert in Amsterdam

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Snelgroeiende start-up Check biedt 350 elektrische deelscooters aan in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam zet al jaren in op minder autoverkeer in de binnenstad. Het inzetten van elektrische deelscooters draagt hier uitstekend aan bij: als meer mensen gebruikmaken van deelscooters, is er minder autoverkeer in de stad en zijn er minder parkeerplekken nodig. Marco Knitel, voormalig General Manager bij Uber en medeoprichter van Check, bevestigt dit vanuit de ervaring van e-deelscooter bedrijf Check in Rotterdam: “Als de beschikbaarheid goed genoeg is, zien we dat mensen op termijn afstand durven te doen van hun eigen vervoermiddel. We hebben in Rotterdam een grote groep klanten die onze e-scooters meerdere malen per week gebruikt en de deelscooter echt heeft omarmd als alternatief.” Vanaf vandaag zijn de Check e-scooters ook beschikbaar in Amsterdam. In de komende dagen zet het bedrijf er in totaal 350 neer.

Onnodige verkeersdrukte Amsterdam
Check wil de makkelijkste weg door de stad aanbieden. Met name voor autobezitters valt er veel te winnen: met de auto een rit maken in Amsterdam is namelijk geen pretje. Op dit moment staan er maar liefst 1400 auto’s per vierkante kilometer in de regio en onderzoek toont aan dat 37% van alle autoritten korter is dan 2 kilometer en in de stad zelf blijft. De verkeers verstopping is op dit moment zo groot dat je in de avondspits gemiddeld 17 minuten per half uur langer over een autorit doet. Steeds meer Amsterdammers stappen daarom over op slimme alternatieven om van A naar B te komen. De (e-)deelscooter is sterk in opkomst. Het is de ambitie van nieuwe aanbieder Check om de transitie van autobezit naar (e-)deelscooter verder te versnellen. “Mensen vragen snel naar vermeende concurrentie met andere deelmobiliteit aanbieders, maar het gaat juist om samenwerken. Hoe groter het aanbod, hoe groter de vraag”, aldus Paul van Merrienboer, voormalig manager bij Greenwheels en medeoprichter van Check.

Uitbreiding in andere steden
Naast de lancering in Amsterdam heeft Check afgelopen week ook 200 e-scooters toegevoegd aan haar vloot in Rotterdam. Dit is een verdubbeling van de 200 e-scooters waar Check afgelopen februari mee begon in de Maasstad. De operatie van Check in Den Haag gaat ook vanaf volgende week van start en Breda volgt daarna.

Deelmobiliteit populair in Coronatijd
Corona beïnvloedt de mobiliteitskeuze van mensen behoorlijk. Zo is het OV-gebruik nog steeds tientallen procenten onder het normale niveau en schaffen Nederlanders massaal (gebruikte) auto’s aan. Om ervoor te zorgen dat we niet een aantal stappen achteruit zetten heeft de gemeente Check gevraagd om de uitrol te versnellen. “We zien dat onze elektrische deelscooters juist aan populariteit hebben gewonnen gedurende de Corona crisis. Dat komt omdat we feitelijk ‘social distancing’ ingebouwd hebben in ons product. Gecombineerd met het feit dat sommige scooters tot wel 30 mensen per dag vervoeren is het niet alleen een heel veilig maar ook een zeer efficiënte manier van vervoer, ” aldus van Merrienboer.

Bronvermelding data in artikel: TomTom Index (2019), Pon Datalab (2018), CBS (2018)

Over Check
De missie van Check is het aanbieden van de makkelijkste weg door de stad. Check biedt hiertoe een mobiele app aan waarmee gebruikers elektrische deelscooters per minuut kunnen reserveren en gebruiken. Sinds februari 2020 is Check actief in Rotterdam en in de zomer van 2020 breidt het bedrijf haar diensten uit naar onder andere Amsterdam en Den Haag.

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

Steden van de toekomst: Humaan als keuze; smart waar dat helpt

Below you can download the Dutch version of my newest e-book. It deals with 15 main challenges of cities and proposes 75 city actions to move into the direction of a humane city.
The English version is coming soon.

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

Data Dilemmas: How to Get People to Use Contact Tracing Apps – event recap

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People around the globe are trying to fightCOVID-19 for months now and progress is made in developing ways to do so. While medicines and vaccines are being developed and testing facilities scaled up, we try to get a grip on the spread of the virus by doing contact-tracing. Up until now, the Netherlands have done so by tracing interactions of people who tested positive and informing them. To help determine the people who should be warned, several contact-tracing apps have been developed and introduced around the world. One more successful than the other.

What can we learn from these first trials of introducing country-wide tracing apps? What are the conditions under which people are willing to install and use them? On the 3rd of September, Amsterdam Smart City and Datalab organised an online edition of ‘Data Dilemmas’ in which an international expert panel shared their learnings while working with contact-tracing apps. One of the core values of Amsterdam Smart City is to put people in the center, a nice topic for the session.

Development and community engagement

A common theme in the success of the adoption and acceptance of the app by the public is community engagement. Both during the development stages and after the launch. This was first stated by Ivo Jansch*,* architect of the ‘Coronamelder’ for the Dutch Ministry of Health, but soon backed up by every member of the panel. Dutch, Irish and Swiss apps were developed publically through Github, where tech-savvy community members could gain insights on or even contribute to the production of the app. Although this approach laid bare all early missteps and shortcomings to the public and the press, our expert panel agreed that this was a key factor in the public acceptance of the app.

The Norwegian app Smittestopp was not successful in public adoption. The reason could be that the development of the app was put in the hands of a single company, mainly behind closed doors. The code was not made public for licensing terms, only for possible commercial interest. This created little trust in both tech experts and the population, Norwegian privacy expert and app evaluator Eivind Arvesen concluded. The app was soon removed from the app stores and cannot be used anymore.

There is, however, a thing as sharing things too early, project manager of the Irish COVID-tracker app Gar MacCríosta argued. When you are at such an early stage that there are still many options, ‘you open a door to chaos’ and the public could lose trust in the government being able to get to a good outcome. But as things moved on and the solution became more certain, the Irish became way more transparent about what they were developing.

Hilleen Smeets from the GGD Amsterdam zoomed in on the challenge of gaining outreach of the app in populations where testing is low, positive testing is high and health apps in general are not used as much. Think of poor people or overweight people. These are people do not go and test when showing symptoms. They are the ones that should be motivated to use the app, since they create the blind spot in the analogue contact tracing. Therefore, the app and the campaign should not only focus on gaining trust and understanding in general, but also pay attention to the motivators and barriers that influence app adoption in these populations specifically.

Provide options in data sharing and participation

Freedom of choice was another factor in public acceptance of the contact-tracing apps. In Norway, users were not given an option to decide how much data they were willing to share. The app gathered data to control virus spreading by contact tracing, it was a way for the government to evaluate interventions and provide insights in epidemiological models and public movement. To do this, the data was stored centrally, which allowed the continuous use of data from all devices, providing both user traceability and identification. People could either agree with the app collecting data for all these purposes or not use the app at all.

Something that does not suit a government, Gar MacCríosta noted. ‘If you are trying to be open and trying to protect privacy, decentralised data storage is your only option. Otherwise you are building up contact information and social graph information, something a government cannot do. People give their datafreely to Facebook and other social networks, but in the context of a government response this is different.’ The Irish app also features a symptom tracker,news and updates about COVID-19, and the possibility for people at risk to put in their phone number for a support team. Eventually over 80% of the app users decided to do this and are therefore contactable, improving the analogue tracing system that was already in place. The digital and analogue systems of contract tracing are fully integrated. The control of users in sharing their data and providing more ‘customer services’ to these users seems to improve the adoption by the population.

Hannes Grasegger, Swiss tech journalist, added that it is important that the choice not to use the app should not have restrictive consequences in everyday life. For instance, restaurants and other public areas where people gather could only allow people when they use the app. To prevent this, a legal process has started in Switzerland. In the same light, the Swiss have decided to determine when to phase out the app, so it does not become an eternal monitor.

Check out the stream of this Data Dilemmas event!


Livestream | How to get people to use contact tracing apps

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Lancering LaBGreen De Bretten Ontwikkelboek - livestream

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Bewoners, ondernemers en bezoekers hebben het afgelopen jaar samen met de gemeente onderzocht hoe De Bretten er in 2030 uit kan zien, onder de naam LaBGreen De Bretten. Een boek vol ideeën voor De Bretten, het prachtige stuk natuur tussen Sloterdijk en Halfweg. Ideeën die over een periode van ruim een jaar zijn opgehaald bij bewoners, bezoekers en ondernemers, voor de komende 10 jaar.
Hun ideeën zijn samengebracht in een boek. In aanwezigheid van de wethouder Marieke van Doorninck en dagelijks bestuurder Erik Bobeldijk wordt op 14 september het ontwikkelboek LaBGreen De Bretten feestelijk uitgebracht. U kunt meekijken via een livestream met de volgende link:

Kleine en grote ideeën
De opgehaalde ideeën zijn erg divers. Klein en groot. Enkele voorbeelden: meer activiteiten in De Bretten, meer waterrecreatie, een informatiecentrum met horecagelegenheid. De gemeente gaat de komende jaren kijken welke ideeën haalbaar zijn en hoe we de ideeën kunnen uitvoeren. Sommige ideeën worden al uitgevoerd, zoals (kinder)activiteiten in De Bretten.

Details uitgave ontwikkelboek
Wanneer: 14 september 2020
Tijd: van 16.00 tot 17.00 uur
Link livestream:

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Bernard MERKX, CEO, owner at GreenWavePlastics, posted

re useable personal protection products

Unfortunately we see an increase in the litter statistics of gloves and one time used face masks that people dispose off by just dropping it on the street and in nature.

With my business partners we have made some products that are re useable, fully recyclable and all the green parts are already made from recycled plastics (recyclate from obsolete fishing gear and ropes)

We intend to also make the other parts from recycled plastics as soon as possible

Stay healthy and safe

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