Virpi works to support the city of Amsterdam and its partners, building a solid foundation in the transition towards a circular economy. As Program Developer Circularity in Urban Regions at AMS Institute, she binds challenges with solutions, connects bright-minds to problem-owners and inspires communities, always with a focus in the field of circularity in urban and peri-urban areas. She is trained in jumping from scale to scale while retaining a bird's eye perspective needed in order to ensure whether the combinations of solutions is valuable for the city.

Virpi started four years ago – in parallel to the CTO office’s innovation program – to develop the Circular City research program. In later years, she focused on circularity of materials and innovations within the built environment. She works on projects like re-designing a standard kitchen (Circular Kitchen), on multiple project about data systems, mapping material flows and defining solutions (REPAiR).

Next to the complex challenges of circularity, developing new ways of designing solutions has had her keen interest, for example while working together with Kris Steen and Ellen van Bueren on disseminating the AMS Living Lab Way of Working.

Making fundamental changes to how we, as society, see, design, and use materials is what drives Virpi. The institute being situated between industry, government, science and innovation creates the opportunity to challenge and inspire all stakeholders to take their responsibilities within the value chain. Virpi was committed to find and shape the new office for AMS Institute in which she took the institutes unique position into consideration in every detail of the building.

“In times, when school kids know better than people in power, you know the world desires and deserves a change. We have two ways; Design something new or change the ways we design.”

Virpi Heybroek

Program Developer in Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Prototype Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment hosted the presentation of the Circular Kitchen during the week of the Circular Economy.

Project

New Urban Water Transport Systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

For a country built on and around water, new urban water transport systems are an ongoing design challenge. To meet the high de-mands of urban life, resources must be recovered and integrated in the water system.

Project

ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLARGE project targets to enhance community resilience against urban challenges by looking for new ways to integrate food, water and energy resources in a synergistic way.

Project

ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLARGE project targets to enhance community resilience against urban challenges by looking for new ways to integrate food, water and energy resources in a synergistic way.

Project

Prospecting Urban Mines of Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam as a built environment can be seen as an urban mine. Metals are potentially available in built structures. This 2016 collaborative research project yielded an interactive map and plan prospecting our city, rethinking traditional mining.

Project

Wastewater to bio-composites

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam’s wastewater can be used as feedstock for producing high-value bio-composites, which can be applied in transport, building or other urban sectors. As such, these composites contribute to a more circular urban society.

Project

The Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

The Circular Kitchen aims for a market-ready solution to be tested in social housing. It is a resource and energy efficient step towards a circular economy developed with Dutch and Swedish partners where current innovations fail to scale.

Project

The Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

The Circular Kitchen aims for a market-ready solution to be tested in social housing. It is a resource and energy efficient step towards a circular economy developed with Dutch and Swedish partners where current innovations fail to scale.

News

Publication Urban Living Labs

A comprehensive guide to successful urban living labs.

News

Prototype Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment hosted the presentation of the Circular Kitchen during the week of the Circular Economy.

News

Prototype Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment hosted the presentation of the Circular Kitchen during the week of the Circular Economy.

Project

New Urban Water Transport Systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

For a country built on and around water, new urban water transport systems are an ongoing design challenge. To meet the high de-mands of urban life, resources must be recovered and integrated in the water system.

Project

New Urban Water Transport Systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

For a country built on and around water, new urban water transport systems are an ongoing design challenge. To meet the high de-mands of urban life, resources must be recovered and integrated in the water system.

Project

New Urban Water Transport Systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

For a country built on and around water, new urban water transport systems are an ongoing design challenge. To meet the high de-mands of urban life, resources must be recovered and integrated in the water system.

Project

New Urban Water Transport Systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

For a country built on and around water, new urban water transport systems are an ongoing design challenge. To meet the high de-mands of urban life, resources must be recovered and integrated in the water system.

Project

ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLARGE project targets to enhance community resilience against urban challenges by looking for new ways to integrate food, water and energy resources in a synergistic way.

Project

Prospecting Urban Mines of Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam as a built environment can be seen as an urban mine. Metals are potentially available in built structures. This 2016 collaborative research project yielded an interactive map and plan prospecting our city, rethinking traditional mining.

Project

ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLARGE project targets to enhance community resilience against urban challenges by looking for new ways to integrate food, water and energy resources in a synergistic way.

Project

Prospecting Urban Mines of Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam as a built environment can be seen as an urban mine. Metals are potentially available in built structures. This 2016 collaborative research project yielded an interactive map and plan prospecting our city, rethinking traditional mining.

Project

Wastewater to bio-composites

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam’s wastewater can be used as feedstock for producing high-value bio-composites, which can be applied in transport, building or other urban sectors. As such, these composites contribute to a more circular urban society.

Project

Wastewater to bio-composites

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam’s wastewater can be used as feedstock for producing high-value bio-composites, which can be applied in transport, building or other urban sectors. As such, these composites contribute to a more circular urban society.

Project

Wastewater to bio-composites

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam’s wastewater can be used as feedstock for producing high-value bio-composites, which can be applied in transport, building or other urban sectors. As such, these composites contribute to a more circular urban society.

Project

Wastewater to bio-composites

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam’s wastewater can be used as feedstock for producing high-value bio-composites, which can be applied in transport, building or other urban sectors. As such, these composites contribute to a more circular urban society.

Project

The Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

The Circular Kitchen aims for a market-ready solution to be tested in social housing. It is a resource and energy efficient step towards a circular economy developed with Dutch and Swedish partners where current innovations fail to scale.

Project

The Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

The Circular Kitchen aims for a market-ready solution to be tested in social housing. It is a resource and energy efficient step towards a circular economy developed with Dutch and Swedish partners where current innovations fail to scale.

News

Publication Urban Living Labs

A comprehensive guide to successful urban living labs.

News

Publication Urban Living Labs

A comprehensive guide to successful urban living labs.