In continuity with their predecessors’ video projects, the first-year MSc MADE students produced a series of knowledge clips in addition to the academic paper they submitted during their Metropolitan Challenges course.

As the students work on defining and understanding the metropolitan challenges Amsterdam is facing today, this video series allows them to share their observations on topics such as mobility, tourism, food, water, waste, energy and health.

The “Floating Cities” and “Disneyfication” videos were also the main theme of Science for the City #11 at Pakhuis de Zwijger on December 12th.

Disneyfication of Amsterdam - Amsterdam is under the threat of “Disneyfication”. Due to mass tourism, the city begins to look like an amusement park. Is it true that a “Disneyfied” Amsterdam leaves residents with no room for a normal lifestyle? This video investigates the question.

Cruise ships - Cruise tourism has a considerable impact on the city. They contribute to affect the eco-systems and add up to metropolitan challenges. This taken into consideration, is cruise ship tourism an activity that should still be supported?

Food in Hospitals - In Europe, one third of the patients in hospitals is undernourished. Even if the food in hospitals is perfectly tailored to the needs of their patients, the problem of malnutrition at large is still difficult to overcome. An integrated approach is needed.

“The knowledge clips, based on 3 weeks of group work on a multi-layered challenge in Amsterdam, are the final deliverables of MSc MADE’s starter course Metropolitan Challenges. In this course, we give students the tools and room to organize their own learning. These knowledge clips are a mode of teaching by students and for students, which we consider as the ultimate way of learning”

Bas van Vliet

Associate Professor Environmental Policy & AMS PI

Living On Water - In order to deal with the increasing population of Amsterdam and climate change, how can the city provide affordable, attractive and eco-friendly housing? Could living in floating houses be a solution?

Expiry Dates - In Amsterdam, more than half of the population admits throwing away food when it is not expired. Could it be that dates labels on food create confusion, and therefore contribute to food waste? Which solutions are there?

Roboat - Why do some new technologies fail, when others are successful? What kind of socio-cultural and economic aspects need to be taken into consideration for Roboat to become a success?

Smart City & Privacy - Smart city projects contribute to the liveability of the city, in particular through the use of data collection. But what about personal privacy? How is this data processed and secured? And would you give up your personal privacy in exchange of a safer environment?

As the population of cities worldwide is rapidly expanding, more living evidently means more dead. Special attention should be dedicated to dealing with the dead in a sustainable manner. Are there greener ways to dispose of bodies than the standard burial?