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COMPRO: resources from wastewater

Circularity in Urban Regions

We can produce high-value building material from resources derived from organic waste-streams. The COMPRO project upcycl

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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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Enough forest in EU to build in timber?

Circularity in Urban Regions

Europe has enough forests available to make building in timber possible on a large scale. Fact or foe?

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Facts & foes about building in timber

Circularity in Urban Regions

Building houses with timber is bad for our environment. Fact or fable?

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Timber for a climate-neutral Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Using bio-based instead of abiotic materials in the built environment can help realize a climate neutral Amsterdam.

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Timber for a climate-neutral Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Using bio-based instead of abiotic materials in the built environment can help realize a climate neutral Amsterdam.

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Circularity of solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we increase circularity of solar panels? This Circular Economy Lab we discussed existing applications and future

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Space technology for circular cities

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can we use this technology to make cities more circular? 'Space for Food' tests this at Marineterrein Amsterdam Living L

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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?

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Bridges from flushed toilet paper

Circularity in Urban Regions

Currently, large flows of waste discharged in urban areas are not optimally recycled. As resources are ultimately finite, there is a growing urge to recycle waste-streams in an urban context. So, what if we could build bridges from flushed toilet paper?

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Enough forest in EU to build in timber?

Circularity in Urban Regions

Europe has enough forests available to make building in timber possible on a large scale. Fact or foe?

News

Enough forest in EU to build in timber?

Circularity in Urban Regions

Europe has enough forests available to make building in timber possible on a large scale. Fact or foe?

News

Facts & foes about building in timber

Circularity in Urban Regions

Building houses with timber is bad for our environment. Fact or fable?

News

Facts & foes about building in timber

Circularity in Urban Regions

Building houses with timber is bad for our environment. Fact or fable?

News

Facts & foes about building in timber

Circularity in Urban Regions

Building houses with timber is bad for our environment. Fact or fable?

News

Facts & foes about building in timber

Circularity in Urban Regions

Building houses with timber is bad for our environment. Fact or fable?

Project

Timber for a climate-neutral Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Using bio-based instead of abiotic materials in the built environment can help realize a climate neutral Amsterdam.

News

Circularity of solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we increase circularity of solar panels? This Circular Economy Lab we discussed existing applications and future

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Timber for a climate-neutral Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Using bio-based instead of abiotic materials in the built environment can help realize a climate neutral Amsterdam.

News

Circularity of solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we increase circularity of solar panels? This Circular Economy Lab we discussed existing applications and future

News

Space technology for circular cities

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can we use this technology to make cities more circular? 'Space for Food' tests this at Marineterrein Amsterdam Living L

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Space technology for circular cities

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can we use this technology to make cities more circular? 'Space for Food' tests this at Marineterrein Amsterdam Living L

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Space technology for circular cities

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can we use this technology to make cities more circular? 'Space for Food' tests this at Marineterrein Amsterdam Living L

News

Space technology for circular cities

Circularity in Urban Regions

Can we use this technology to make cities more circular? 'Space for Food' tests this at Marineterrein Amsterdam Living L

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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?

News

Bridges from flushed toilet paper

Circularity in Urban Regions

Currently, large flows of waste discharged in urban areas are not optimally recycled. As resources are ultimately finite, there is a growing urge to recycle waste-streams in an urban context. So, what if we could build bridges from flushed toilet paper?

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Bridges from flushed toilet paper

Circularity in Urban Regions

Currently, large flows of waste discharged in urban areas are not optimally recycled. As resources are ultimately finite, there is a growing urge to recycle waste-streams in an urban context. So, what if we could build bridges from flushed toilet paper?