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COMPRO: resources from wastewater

Circularity in Urban Regions

What if we could build bridges from flushed toilet paper? As resources are ultimately finite, there is a growing urge to

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CINDERELA - living lab

Circularity in Urban Regions

In a circular society, we aim to close waste streams in order to keep valuable resources in the loop. One of these resource-rich waste streams is wastewater. CINDERELA transforms urine from wastewater into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

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Circular Components in Built Environment

Circularity in Urban Regions

Creating a circular economy (CE) in the built environment is one of today’s biggest societal challenges. In this project the proofs of principle for a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler were developed and tested.

AMS Institute addresses the urban challenge of transitioning from a linear to a circular model of resource management in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). Circularity means to rethink and redesign the flow of resources such as building materials, water, food and energy that drive urban activities. The goal is to reuse resources rather than dispose them as in the linear model. It further means to establish integrated sustainable ecosystems coherent with this novel resilient economic model. In circular flows, the value of the people, planet and prosperity is retained or created anew and not destructed. Here is an interactive explanation of a circular Amsterdam.

3D Printing in the Circular City

How we work on a circular Amsterdam

For the transition towards circularity in urban regions, all scale levels matter. The approach looks at materials, products and components and also at buildings, infrastructures, districts, city, national and even at the global scale level.

The processes that are associated with circularity in cities at various levels are part of a differentiated and dynamic system. For instance, critical metals that are needed for renewable energy components need to circulate again after some time in production to avoid depletion. Currently such metals are transported from afar and may not be guaranteed in the future global market. Therefore, we need to look at the possibilities of mapping the availability of these resources within closer proximity, re-use them and keep them on the market.

In the construction sector, concepts and developments that support a circular model are, for instance urban mining and material passports. These concepts and developments face the challenge of integrating circular material use in the energy transition.

“REPAiR’s interactive geo-design tool shows what activities and stakeholders are connected to what waste. It also allows city authorities to select the right enabling context for certain solutions. They can see where certain implementations should be located to have the largest impact, and how flows are affected by certain policy or planning decision.”

Tamara Streefland

Sustainability Consultant

3D Printing the Circular City

A city bench, 3D printed from plastic waste

REPAiR

Building a geo-design spatial mapping tool that connects waste streams to circular business opportunities.

WASCOM

Creating bio-composite materials from the city's wastewater streams.

To best describe the implications and positive potential for social, spatial, financial, legal, and technical systems, more research is required. It is still unclear how to upscale innovations in a socially inclusive and architecturally elegant manner yet AMS Institute includes social values in its research agenda and holistic approach

“The NUWTS project – which involves regional water authorities, drinking water companies, municipalities and an engineering consultancy – researches new urban water transport systems as enablers for resource recovery in the urban environment. This is crucial for Amsterdam to develop into a competitive and sustainable European metropolis. It’s great to see the interplay of all the participants.”

Amsterdam has positioned itself as a front-runner of circular innovation and other municipalities, like Haarlemmermeer are following suit. Multiple organizations join the movement to explore and develop circular opportunities as well. The city of Amsterdam joined these efforts by creating awareness, offering critical tools that facilitate circularity and establishing projects and programs around circularity, to which AMS Institute actively contributes with all the projects and activities that are explained below.

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DemoS Strandeiland

Circularity in Urban Regions

How Strandeiland IJburg democratically develops in a green, social and sustainable island

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Circular Components in Built Environment

Circularity in Urban Regions

Creating a circular economy (CE) in the built environment is one of today’s biggest societal challenges. In this project the proofs of principle for a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler were developed and tested.

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First Circular Kitchen prototypes placed

Circularity in Urban Regions

The first Circular Kitchens are currently being tested in houses.

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First Circular Kitchen prototypes placed

Circularity in Urban Regions

The first Circular Kitchens are currently being tested in houses.

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Data monitoring to turn waste into value

Circularity in Urban Regions

By mapping waste flows, monitoring tool geoFluxus leads the way to a circular economy.

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Space tech for sustainable food systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can space technology provide circular solutions for food production in cities?

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Green Tower Living Lab in Bajeskwartier

Circularity in Urban Regions

The only Bijlmerbajes prison tower left standing will develop into Bajeskwartier’s sustainable heart. With the arrival o

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Green Tower Living Lab in Bajeskwartier

Circularity in Urban Regions

The only Bijlmerbajes prison tower left standing will develop into Bajeskwartier’s sustainable heart. With the arrival o

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Make Some Noise

Circularity in Urban Regions

80,000 new homes around Schiphol designed to reduce the exposure to noise and how can this be done in a sustainable and

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DemoS Strandeiland

Circularity in Urban Regions

How Strandeiland IJburg democratically develops in a green, social and sustainable island

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DemoS Strandeiland

Circularity in Urban Regions

How Strandeiland IJburg democratically develops in a green, social and sustainable island

Project

Circular Components in Built Environment

Circularity in Urban Regions

Creating a circular economy (CE) in the built environment is one of today’s biggest societal challenges. In this project the proofs of principle for a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler were developed and tested.

Project

Circular Components in Built Environment

Circularity in Urban Regions

Creating a circular economy (CE) in the built environment is one of today’s biggest societal challenges. In this project the proofs of principle for a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler were developed and tested.

Project

Circular Components in Built Environment

Circularity in Urban Regions

Creating a circular economy (CE) in the built environment is one of today’s biggest societal challenges. In this project the proofs of principle for a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler were developed and tested.

Project

Circular Components in Built Environment

Circularity in Urban Regions

Creating a circular economy (CE) in the built environment is one of today’s biggest societal challenges. In this project the proofs of principle for a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler were developed and tested.

News

First Circular Kitchen prototypes placed

Circularity in Urban Regions

The first Circular Kitchens are currently being tested in houses.

News

Data monitoring to turn waste into value

Circularity in Urban Regions

By mapping waste flows, monitoring tool geoFluxus leads the way to a circular economy.

News

First Circular Kitchen prototypes placed

Circularity in Urban Regions

The first Circular Kitchens are currently being tested in houses.

News

Data monitoring to turn waste into value

Circularity in Urban Regions

By mapping waste flows, monitoring tool geoFluxus leads the way to a circular economy.

Project

Space tech for sustainable food systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can space technology provide circular solutions for food production in cities?

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Space tech for sustainable food systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can space technology provide circular solutions for food production in cities?

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Space tech for sustainable food systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can space technology provide circular solutions for food production in cities?

Project

Space tech for sustainable food systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can space technology provide circular solutions for food production in cities?

News

Green Tower Living Lab in Bajeskwartier

Circularity in Urban Regions

The only Bijlmerbajes prison tower left standing will develop into Bajeskwartier’s sustainable heart. With the arrival o

News

Green Tower Living Lab in Bajeskwartier

Circularity in Urban Regions

The only Bijlmerbajes prison tower left standing will develop into Bajeskwartier’s sustainable heart. With the arrival o

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Make Some Noise

Circularity in Urban Regions

80,000 new homes around Schiphol designed to reduce the exposure to noise and how can this be done in a sustainable and

Project

Make Some Noise

Circularity in Urban Regions

80,000 new homes around Schiphol designed to reduce the exposure to noise and how can this be done in a sustainable and