AMS Update Dutch Design Week projects

The Dutch Design Week – DDW opened its doors on October 20th in Eindhoven.
The exhibition is the largest design event in Northern Europe and presents work and concepts from more than 2,600 designers to more than 335,000 local and international visitors.

AMS Institute participated in two projects featured at the Dutch Design Week. The exhibition was a great opportunity for the teams to showcase their projects and display the results of their work.

MX3D Bridge
Amsterdam based startup MX3D has finalized its 3D printed steel bridge!

The bridge was on display at the DDW from October 20thto 28th. During the exhibition, visitors were invited to walk over the bridge to generate the first data set. The data generated from the bridge will be used by partners to build a digital twin model and the sensor network will monitor the bridge’s performance in real-time through the use of advanced data analysis. Furthermore, data obtained from the sensors visualize intelligence about bridge traffic, structural integrity, and the surrounding neighborhood and environment.

The work on this 3D printed bridge will therefore contribute to the future of safe, efficient and data-driven engineering by monitoring the structure as thousands of people and bicycles will traverse the bridge hourly once in place.

The MX3D Bridge has been awarded the Dutch Design Public Award 2018 in the Design Research category.

The bridge will later be placed on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, at the intersection of the Stoofsteeg in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, as soon as the renovation of that canal is completed, which will be no earlier than mid 2019.

The MX3D project is a close collaboration between partners Autodesk, Heijmans, Joris Laarman Lab and ArcelorMittal and the support of Lead Structural Engineer Arup, Air Liquide, ABB Robotics and Lenovo. Sponsors are STV, Oerlikon and Plymovent. The public partners are TU Delft, AMS Institute and the Municipality of Amsterdam. The Expert Center is supported by the Dutch VSB Fund.

Video by Anita Star
Pictures courtesy of MX3D – Header photo Dutch Design Week Britt Roelse

Final designs for REALCOOL

The Really Cooling Water Bodies in Cities (REALCOOL) research project that ran from September 2016 to September 2018 explored ways to prevent issues with overheating in cities. REALCOOL developed optimal cooling strategies for common urban water bodies in temperate climate zones to help solve urban heat problems. Combinations of shading, water vaporization and natural ventilation around small urban water bodies have little effect on the air and water temperature however can lead to a local temperature drop of one to ten degrees in physiological equivalent temperature (PET).

With the REALCOOL prototypes, designers can find guidelines for how the above design strategies can be spatially combined with urban bodies of water. The prototypes can serve as conceptual framework to support the design proces.

The REALCOOL design prototypes for cooling urban environments are ready and were presented at the DDW. They are now made available to designers as virtual design prototypes.

The REALCOOL project is a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research, Hogeshcool van Amsterdam and AMS Institute.
Pictures REALCOOL.

Find more information about REALCOOL in this news article.