Cracks in brick-built constructions have been under discussion in the Amsterdam news lately. Such cracks develop for a variety of reasons and in the worst cases, it can involve the risk of collapse. These cracks can make houses uninhabitable, make quay walls and chimneys unreliable and make historic buildings vulnerable. In many cases, cracks are not discovered until very late. Manual inspections are time-consuming, expensive and not always dependable.
Asset Hubble has developed an automated method of detecting cracks in brickwork which makes such inspections simple, cheap and reliable. It is only necessary to make photos of a brick-built construction. After uploading these photos, a model will automatically detect, measure and monitor the cracks.
Cities and event managers are under increasing pressure to manage crowd densities and ensure the safety of visitors during large events and festivals. The technology used by City Analytics was developed in a scientific project to provide real-time information about the pedestrian flows in urban space.
City Analytics has developed a software-as-a-service package to monitor pedestrian flows, in outdoor spaces through a hardware-independent platform. The platform allows city officials & crowd managers to visualize the real-time state of their spaces, identify issues quickly, support their decision-making process and facilitate the deployment of more efficient crowd management measures. Effective crowd management improves the service and safety of these spaces and enhances connections to their related facilities.
In the transition to a sustainable city, residents are increasingly fulfilling a more central and active role, for example in the new “omgevingswet”. The focus is changing to local-scale and small-scale interventions to facilitate substantial large-scale transformations.
Container Collective is a traveling hybrid design agency. Its approach consists of three main elements: the process, the network and the location. In a 6-week co-creation process, they design sustainable solutions in collaboration with the neighbourhood while consulting their network for expertise and knowledge. The design team consists of a representative of the agency, local residents and various professionals from the container collectief network. During the 6-weeks, the agency is located in a temporary physical workplace in the neighbourhood, called “the container”.
When travelling to different European cities, most travellers have a basic idea about the city and popular locations. However, most often they are not equipped well enough to learn more about the city’s monuments, artefacts and heritage sites.
Meli is the "Shazam" of urban monuments, a mobile app that helps curious travellers uncover any monument’s story on the spot. Thus, the app helps travellers to better explore the cities they are visiting. At present, the Meli mobile app is available on Android and iOS in 10 languages.
There is an ongoing housing crisis in Amsterdam and in several cities within the Netherlands and abroad.
Mublio has come up with an innovative solution by retrofitting existing houses to make spacious housing more affordable, one smart interior at a time. With digital design and manufacturing, they provide beautiful, space-saving interiors that generate more space for a fraction of the price of extra floor-space.
Nature tends to be scarce in cities. Thus, the life of people in cities has become increasingly estranged from nature and it’s natural surroundings. In addition, metropolitan areas aim to be (come) more circular and climate-adaptive.
Muuras will design lightweight helophyte filters that can be attached to the facade of (highrise) buildings that will function as vertical constructed wetland wall systems. These modular systems achieve internal, decentralized water treatment by reapplying the natural water filtration abilities of wetland ecosystems. They draw inspiration from the global rise of large-scale construction projects that integrate living walls to provide a host of other ecological, societal and personal benefits.
Cities are growing at a rapid pace. As a result, there is an increase in demand for urban mobility by people who need to move around in the city. Clean, affordable and inclusive urban transport is essential to realise the liveable cities of the future.
Swugo's solution is to makes electrified bicycles available to everyone. They develop Swappable smart batteries that drastically reduce ownership and operating costs while increasing the battery’s lifespan. Especially for electric micro-mobility, Amsterdam presents the perfect environment for demonstrating new technologies and operating models. Their battery network can work effectively with other key initiatives, like BuurtHubs, to make electric mobility more durable and affordable.