AMS La Fabrique de la Cité & AMS Institute extend partnership

AMS Institute and La Fabrique de la Cité signed a renewed and extended version of the MoU that was first signed in March 2016. During a festive kick-off of the seminar on Stations of the Future (Gares du Futur) on March 15th 2018, in Paris, both parties looked back at two years of successful and fruitful collaboration and express their wish to continue this partnership in the future by signing the renewed MoU.

Over the past two years, the collaboration is identified in the development of the research program Future of Public Space, in which the use and potential of public space in cities take central stage. Multiple knowledge exchange events, and access to each other’s networks and eco-systems, laid the foundations for a multi-annual research program, with implementations in both Amsterdam and Paris. In addition to these results, several other areas of research have emerged, one of them being in the field of Stations of the future as intermodal nodes, in which the role and function of stations in the metropolitan areas of Paris and the Dutch Randstad is discussed. This is also the central theme in the joint event during which the MoU is singed.

Common vision & ambitions
Both AMS Institute and La Fabrique de la Cité have the vision that cities, as they are organized today, must adapt and reinvent themselves in order to successfully meet the challenges they face for the future – driven by population growth, the growing scarcity of natural resources, and climate change. In order to accelerate this transformation of the city, AMS Institute and La Fabrique de la Cité partnered up in 2016. The purpose of this partnership was to combine research activities and seek synergies in knowledge building, broaden the area of field lab locations, and amplify the impact of solutions provided to metropolitan challenges.

The purpose of the partnership is to formulate a joint effort for collaboration in the fields of Stations of the Future, Reversibility of Future of public space interventions, and a new theme in the: Resilience (in) urban infrastructures. This effort in collaboration will that shape through together developing research programs, organize yearly knowledge exchanging events and opening our networks to one another.