AMS AMS Institute pops up at FabCity Campus

FabCity Campus is the exciting project that turns Amsterdam’s Java-eiland into a micro city full of sustainable innovations for 11 weeks. AMS Institute has partnered up with numerous other innovators to bring together 400 students, professionals, artists and creatives. Jointly we’ll work on, explore and showcase cutting-edge solutions to current urban issues.


FabCity Campus turns Java-eiland into a sustainable city for 11 weeks. What will AMS Institute contribute to this pop-up city?
Loads! We’ll inhabit an on-campus pavilion and measure the island’s ‘heartbeat’ by tracking and visualizing all of the energy, water and visitors flows and the social sentiment of the island. We’ll also host an off-campus educational programme, an on-campus think tank and some of our researchers will speak and participate in FabCity’s general programme.

How does measuring the island’s ‘heartbeat’ help the city become more circular and sustainable?
Only measuring the heartbeat won’t do the trick. But putting the collected data to good use definitely will. In a perfect circular city you’d be able to produce and re-use everything a city needs, within the city itself. So by looking at what’s coming on to and leaving the island and tracking what happens with these flows on the island itself, we can get a pretty good idea of how ‘circular’ the FabCity Campus is. By analyzing and visualizing this data and distilling it to a personal footprint, we’ll be able to see where we can reduce, connect and edit these flows.

By staging interventions on the island?
Definitely. With the collected data and visualizations we’ll set out to link different flows to stimulate the campus’ circularity. To do this we’ve teamed up with students from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability, with whom we share our pavilion.
What is ‘the social sentiment’? How is this being tracked?
Social sentiment reflects the mood of the people visiting the event. To trace this we’ll be monitoring multiple social media like Twitter and Instagram and get to know how people experience their visit.

Parallel to the on-campus programme there’s also an off-campus FabCity programme. How do these two link?
The off-campus programme focuses on cases throughout Amsterdam. These students will visit the on-campus pavilion frequently and exchange knowledge with the on-campus participants.

And there’s also a think tank?
Yes, the Young Professionals Think Tank is hosted especially for the young bright minds of our partnering organizations. It’s a two-day programme themed Smart Urban Retrofit and it addresses the global challenges faced whilst making the existing housing stock energy neutral.

What’s the link between FabCity and the EU’s Urban Agenda?
The FabCity campus is part of the larger Europe by People programme. As the Dutch are presiding the European Union for six months, an expected twenty thousand politicians and civil workers will visit the capital. Europe by People wants to seize this opportunity to co-create EU’s Urban Agenda by showcasing the possibilities for future society and pin pointing social issues.

FabCity Campus

11 April – 26 June (open for the public from 18 April)

Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability, Wageningen UR, TU Delft, Waternet and Alliander amongst others.

Further reading
Europe by People’s FabCity
Hogeschool van Amsterdam at FabCity
Agenda item Think Tank