Taken together, cities are jointly responsible for the consumption of 75% of the planet’s natural resources and produce 60–80% of all greenhouse gas emissions. There is an urgent need for circular cities. Given this fact, the municipality of Amsterdam has earmarked the Buiksloterham district as a Living Lab for the circular city. On 5 March, the parties involved* signed the ‘Circular Buiksloterham’ manifesto.
Amsterdam alderman Choho is enthusiastic about the Buiksloterham project. “It is speeding up the transition from ‘possession’ to ‘use’ and from ‘sole possession’ to ‘sharing’. What’s also important for me is for this academic exercise to ultimately benefit everyone in Amsterdam.
Buiksloterham Living Lab – learning by doing
The radical transition from the linear city to the circular city involves a wide range of issues and obstructions: regulatory questions, the availability of technology and new revenue models. AMS Institute is promoting the development of knowledge in relation to the Circular City concept, for example through its Adaptive Circular Cities project. Over the next few years, four major research institutes (TNO, Wageningen UR, Deltares and ECN) will be working together in the Living Lab, along with the business community and local residents, in order to develop innovative solutions in these areas.
Knowledge Springboard for other Circular Cities
AMS Institute promotes knowledge development about the Circular City, through the Adaptive Circular Cities project, amongst other things. For example, how CO2 emissions can be reduced through the introduction of better regulations for new-build homes. Saving drinking water. Smart waste collection technology or the recycling of (building) materials. A rain-resistant district. These are all ambitions for Circular Buiksloterham and, as such, subjects about which the Adaptive Circular Cities project is developing knowledge. This is all knowledge from which the municipality of Amsterdam, its residents and users of Amsterdam will benefit and that will be possible to apply to other cities too in the future.
* On 5 March, the manifesto was signed by: Waternet, Alliander Duurzame Gebiedsontwikkeling, De Alliantie, Eigen Haard, Metabolic, DELVA Landscape Architects, Studioninedots, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), Stichting Schoonschip, Vereniging de Ceuvel, Beleef Buiksloterham, Afval Energie Bedrijf Amsterdam, Amsterdam Economic Board, Westpoort Warmte, Zelfbouwers Buiksloterham, Waterschap Amstel, Gooi en Vecht, Pakhuis de Zwijger, the municipality of Amsterdam, NUON and New Energy Docks.