Wei-Shan Chen (Momo)
Wageningen University & Research, Environmental Technology (ETE)
The Future Street: Circular metabolism & economy at street level
My research focuses on building circular urban units via integrating and implementing emerging environmental technologies and re-designing the current urban infrastructure. Together with Municipality of Almere, Floriade 2022 and AMS Institute, we are working on a project “The Street of the Future” to realize our concept into a prototype. This prototype will ground on Almere in 2022 and is a street-level circular urban unit.
Street is an ideal building block for constructing a circular city of the future. Infrastructures are intensively clustered in streets to provide essential urban services like residence, waste(water) & rainfall discharge as well as several types of traffics (vehicular, bicycle & pedestrian). Street level is more attractive than the household level, for implementing renewable energy production & storage as well as reuse of nutrient from waste in urban farming (e.g. greenhouses), due to its larger supply and demand. Moreover, streets also catalyze the social interactions within the neighborhood. The path towards a sustainable city should, therefore, start at a sustainable street, which we called “The street of the Future”.
The core idea of the future street project is to re-design the street functionality and morphology. A co-creation with multiple stakeholders is emphasized. Involving multiple stakeholders from the beginning of this revolutionary project will guarantee the impact and sustainability of the future street concept.
Wei-Shan Chen (Momo) is from Taipei City, Taiwan. He received his bachelor diploma in material science & engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan in 2009. During his bachelor study, he did research on renewable hydrogen storage using metal alloy. He later worked in the leading material company in Taiwan as a quality control engineer for a year before he was admitted to the master program of environmental science, Wageningen University (WUR). He finished his MSc with a major in environmental technology and a minor in environmental systems analysis. He continued his PhD in WUR, working on a dual-disciplinary research project combining environmental technology and systems analysis. The project focused on the conversion of mixed organic waste to valuable chemicals using microbial fermentation. During his PhD, he received two prestigious awards from a Taiwanese industrial foundation and the Taiwanese government.
Wei-Shan Chen has started working as a postdoctoral researcher at WUR and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) since the end of 2016. His postdoctoral work focuses on innovating the urban infrastructure for the application of resource-recovering waste(water) technologies, which will ultimately promote the circular metabolism of the urban environment.
Wei-Shan is a member of the Metropolitan Solutions Consortium (MetSol) at Wageningen University & Research, that is aiming to co-develop, test and refine metropolitan solutions together with citizens, businesses and public actors through an integrated living lab approach, based mainly in Amsterdam, and connected to the national and international context.