While increasingly popular, 3D-printing has been applied mostly in small-scale, local contexts, also when applied in urban development projects. Is it possible to move this technology out of the margins and turn it into a transformative force when dealing with large-scaled urban complexities? It is assumed there is reason to believe we can. For example in the recycling of plastic city waste. Can 3D-printing play a transformative role in urban development? How can we print our way from micro- to macro-impact in waste recycling?

Keynote speaker of the evening is Prof. dr. Ellen van Bueren, professor of Urban Development Management at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (TU Delft) and Principal Investigator at AMS.
She develops tangible concepts, tools and principles for an integrated area-specific approach to contemporary urban challenges. Van Bueren: “Balancing different interests is central to urban development. How do public and private parties, professionally organised or ‘bottom-up’, manage to create a pleasant, sustainable living environment?” This question is central to the teaching and research of the chair in Urban Development Management.

3d-Printing in the Circular City

This on-going research project investigates the metropolitan challenge of reducing municipal plastic waste. It introduces an innovative solution for the recycling of discarded plastics, which takes advantage of large scale 3d-printing and produces parts that improve public space and the built environment. The multidisciplinary consortium – consisting of TU Delft, DUS architects, Actual Build, AEB Amsterdam, The New Raw and AMS – combine expertise and elaborate on this concept in the case study of Amsterdam North. The project will be presented by:

Foteini Setaki is a PhD researcher at the department of Environmental Technologies and Design in the faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, and a co-founder of The New Raw. Her work focuses on the applications of additive manufacturing technologies in the built environment, with a special focus on performative geometries. She has been one of the instigators of the 3D-Printing in the Circular City project.

Panos Sakkas is an architect and co-founder of The New Raw. Through his work, he explores the merging fields of circular economy, material resourcing and (digital) craftsmanship. His methodology is based on creating systems and testing case studies with a strong societal impact. He is involved in projects that range from product to urban scale. Panos is one of the instigators of the 3D-Printing in the Circular City project.

Together with Pakhuis de Zwijger we organise a series on metropolitan development and innovation. How can big data, prototyping, 3D-printing and scientific innovation help to solve the complex challenges that the metropole Amsterdam faces? Upcoming and established (inter)national urban professionals from AMS and our academic partners will introduce us to the newest research and practical solutions within urban themes as water, energy, waste, food, data and mobility.