AMS TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT win Amsterdam Technology Institute competition

For its new Institute of Technology, the City of Amsterdam has chosen the proposal for a consortium comprising TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT. This was made known this afternoon in a joint announcement by Carolien Gehrels, member of the Amsterdam city executive, and Robbert Dijkgraaf, chair of the judging panel. During the next few weeks exploratory talks between the City of Amsterdam and the other parties involved will take place concerning the development of the new institute.. TU Delft President Dirk Jan van den Berg responded with delight: “TU Delft and its partners have an enormous wealth of knowledge about the quality of life and sustainability of metropolises. Amsterdam is a wonderful city, multifaceted and progressive, making it the perfect place in which to put this knowledge to the test.”

Independent recommendation
The City of Amsterdam intends to establish a new Institute of Technology. In April of this year, it launched a competition in which thirteen international consortia took part. In June, five consortia were selected to present a detailed proposal to the independent committee, chaired by Prof. Robbert Dijkgraaf. The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) proposed by TU Delft, WUR and MIT was one of these proposals. The committee’s choice of AMS as the best proposal was announced by Ms Gehrels today.

Advanced Metropolitan Solutions
The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) is a plan for a leading institute in applied urban technology and design. Across the world, people are increasingly moving into cities: by 2030, around 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in major cities. This presents great challenges for society, especially relating to traffic flow, food, waste, energy and health. AMS intends to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to conducting research into these issues, developing solutions and implementing them.

Amsterdam as a Living Lab
A key component in the proposal is Amsterdam as a ‘living lab’, the city as a test location. By collecting data about the city, relating, for example to traffic flow, energy, food, movements of people, waste and climate, it will be possible to devise innovative solutions which can be applied and evaluated in the city. “There’s nothing to stop us starting this right away,” said TU Delft President, Dirk Jan van den Berg: “Amsterdam will become a testing ground for new concepts that can enhance quality of life and the sustainability of metropolises across the world.”

Research and education
An innovative, entrepreneurial Master’s degree programme in the field of Metropolitan Solutions will lie at the heart of the education offered by the AMS, closely intertwined with the research. The programme will be offered on campus in Amsterdam and in the future also online, reaching across the world. “Linking together the scientific programmes from Delft, Wageningen and MIT will deliver an enormous wealth of combined knowledge”, said Van den Berg.

The consortium for Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions is a network of partners that reaches across the world. TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT form the academic heart of the initiative. They are working together with partners Accenture, Alliander, Cisco, IBM, KPN, Shell and Waternet, Amsterdam Smart City, ESA, TNO, Waag Society and the City of Boston. Dirk Jan van den Berg: “The factors at play in achieving a sustainable city with a good quality of life are extremely wide-ranging. This is why we are creating an open platform which parties able to make an effective contribution can join.”

read the plan here (PDF)