AMS Institute takes on the urban challenge of transitioning from a linear model of using materials to a fully circular model. To achieve circularity in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA), we must completely 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 to dispose of them as we do now, making the whole economic model resilient and sustainable. To support this, we need to establish an integrated sustainable ecosystem, where the value for people, the planet and prosperity is not destructed but retained or created anew.

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Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

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Sustainable high-rise buildings

Circularity in Urban Regions

Circular paving in Amsterdam (Dutch)

How we work on circular cities

Why do we focus on cities? Globally, despite taking up just 2% of the global landmass, our urban centers consume more than 75% of natural resources, are responsible for over 50% of solid waste and emit up to 60% of greenhouse gases. In a word, cities are bulk consumers of energy, water and materials. This makes them major contributors to problems such as resource depletion, pollution and climate change. But cities are also the centers of our economy, concentrating capital, data and talent. This makes urban areas ideal spaces to develop and demonstrate innovative circular solutions – and create impact that matters.

Amsterdam recognizes this and has set clear policy goals. The city of Amsterdam committed to reducing material consumption by 50% in 2030 and becoming fully circular by 2050. The city has positioned itself as a front-runner in circular innovation. AMS Institute actively contributes to this by focusing on material infrastructures, biobased construction and data & governance.

Material infrastructures in urban areas are the physical structures that are needed to deliver services and facilitate urban life. Within this topic, we develop circular solutions for digital infrastructure, energy infrastructure, roads & waterways in public space and related logistics. Together with infrastructure, construction is responsible for the bulk of material and waste flows through the city. This is why we support knowledge development to achieve 20% biobased construction of all new residential buildings in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Our expertise includes the development of biobased building materials, life cycle analysis and policy-building perspectives. Data & governance pertain to the identification, collection and creation of relevant data and monitoring systems to keep track of the circular economy transition in the city, assess impacts, support decisions and direct investments to where they accelerate the transition

The transition to a circular city requires a systems overhaul. This is why we continuously strive to develop integrated solutions in our research and innovation projects - especially when two transitions may be at odds with one another. Examples of integrated solutions are that we work on are: circular solar panels, biological soil improvement and circular logistics.

Urban Plastic Soup

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans. This project aims to tackle its economic, socioeconomic, and environmental impact.

CircularIT

Circular Resource Planning for IT

Circular Solar Panels Zuidoost

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life in Amsterdam Southeast.

Replex testing in Canals (COMPRO)

At the Bajeskwartier in Amsterdam, BAM Advies & Engineering, NPSP and AMS Institute recently installed a test rig to evaluate the use of Re-plex as a building material.

REPAiR

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

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Amsterdam's huge circular potential

Circularity in Urban Regions

Four circular economy strategies in Amsterdam could lead to huge emissions savings

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The Ideal(s) City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam, just like other cities, faces several urban challenges, whereof most of these are intertwined. The Ideal(s) City project untangles these urban challenges and uses the ocean of information that is already available to gain new insights.

News

Data-based tools for circular IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

RePlanIT provides insight into circular options for laptops and servers

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Data-based tools for circular IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

RePlanIT provides insight into circular options for laptops and servers

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Reviving repair in the Netherlands

Circularity in Urban Regions

EU legislation alone won't revive the Netherlands' lost art of repair.

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Sustainable high-rise buildings

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Biobased: Build more, pollute less?

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we build more while polluting less?

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Biobased: Build more, pollute less?

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we build more while polluting less?

Project

LogiCELL: Living Lab Circular Logistics

Circularity in Urban Regions

Logistics for a circular economy have proven to be a challenge. Using the Living Lab methodology, we aim to solve problems that hinder reuse and recycling in logistics. We facilitate field labs to accelerate circular initiatives in Amsterdam.

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MULTICARE's Innovative Solutions

Circularity in Urban Regions

MULTICARE addresses the vulnerability of the built environment to climate-related extreme events.

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MULTICARE's Innovative Solutions

Circularity in Urban Regions

MULTICARE addresses the vulnerability of the built environment to climate-related extreme events.

News

Second-hand Solar Panels Reigersbos

Circularity in Urban Regions

South east added a new uniquely sustainable roof. The roof of the Kazerne in Reigersbos is completely outfitted with second-hand solar panels. This benefits the energy supply of the Kazerne building itself.

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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

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The Innovation Pavilion at Marineterrein

Circularity in Urban Regions

In the heart of Amsterdam's Marineterrein, the future of construction is being built.

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The Innovation Pavilion at Marineterrein

Circularity in Urban Regions

In the heart of Amsterdam's Marineterrein, the future of construction is being built.

News

Biobased plastics for nature restoration

Circularity in Urban Regions

The PRO-PHBV project has entered its experiment phase. The project is working on creating biobased plastics for both the

Project

CircuLaw

Circularity in Urban Regions

CircuLaw is a legal knowledge platform dedicated to enabling the circular economy transition.

Project

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

Project

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

Project

Developing waste-based, biobased plastic

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Debunking Timber Myths

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Debunking Timber Myths

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

Project

Discussing Timber Myths

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Creating a Better Tomorrow with Eco-Friendly 3D Printing

Circularity in Urban Regions

This project offers user-friendly biomaterial 3D printers, and materials that make sustainable manufacturing accessible to everyone, whether you are a researcher seeking to push the boundaries or a designer creating distinctive and sustainable products.

Project

Creating a Better Tomorrow with Eco-Friendly 3D Printing

Circularity in Urban Regions

This project offers user-friendly biomaterial 3D printers, and materials that make sustainable manufacturing accessible to everyone, whether you are a researcher seeking to push the boundaries or a designer creating distinctive and sustainable products.

News

Facts & Fiction: Availability of timber

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

News

Spore: smart biowaste bins for the city

Entrepreneurship

AMS Startup Booster alumni Spore developed smart biowaste bins to identify contamination and efficiently collect waste.

News

Re-plex material testing

Circularity in Urban Regions

At the Bajeskwartier in Amsterdam, BAM Advies & Engineering, AMS Institute, and NPSP recently installed a test rig...

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Re-plex material testing

Circularity in Urban Regions

At the Bajeskwartier in Amsterdam, BAM Advies & Engineering, AMS Institute, and NPSP recently installed a test rig...

News

MADE students create elephant dung bench

Education

Five of our MSc MADE students have collaborated with ARTIS to create a sustainable park bench made of elephant dung. The project, part of a living lab, was designed to find a circular solution to ARTIS's largest organic waste stream: elephant poop.

News

Bio-based construction getting into gear

Circularity in Urban Regions

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Bio-based construction getting into gear

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Official Launch Circulaw

Circularity in Urban Regions

CircuLaw is a new online legal platform that aims to break down the barriers to the transition towards a circular econom

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Circular Paving in Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

The environmental impact of road constructions is large. For Amsterdam to reach the city’s policy goals in circularity and climate change, re-using concrete pavers is crucial. This project investigates the impact for different circular scenarios.

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Funding to accelerate timber building

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute receives funding for extended research on misconceptions regarding timber construction. With this collaboration, the project partners aim to shift mindsets towards timber building in the European construction industry.

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Funding to accelerate timber building

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute receives funding for extended research on misconceptions regarding timber construction. With this collaboration, the project partners aim to shift mindsets towards timber building in the European construction industry.

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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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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to increase circularity of solar panels? Let's hear it from these experts on the topic of circularity.

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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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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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Flax and hemp for a circular city

Circularity in Urban Regions

Like many cities worldwide, Amsterdam aims to be climate-neutral and circular. To realize this, we need to change the way we use (natural) resources. In the past, regional crops were important for urban development in our city. What if history repeats?

News

Facts & Fiction: Timber and CO2

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

News

Facts & Fiction: Timber and CO2

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

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.

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Green Deal Timber Construction signed

Circularity in Urban Regions

Last Friday, 32 municipalities signed the Green Deal Timber Construction. Today, we proudly joined this effort. Why?

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Circular Resource Planning for IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

We only use IT hardware, like laptops or data servers, for an average of 3 to 4 years. With increasing digitization and

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Circular Resource Planning for IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

We only use IT hardware, like laptops or data servers, for an average of 3 to 4 years. With increasing digitization and

News

Circular cities with vertical farms

Circularity in Urban Regions

With urban vertical farming, food can be produced closer to consumers. Also, the heat produced by vertical farms can be captured and reused in urban energy grids. Can this type of agriculture be a solution to create our future, circular cities?

News

How to build and combat aircraft noise?

Circularity in Urban Regions

In a test set-up in Hoofddorp with 120 containers simulating a residential neighborhood and in which, in addition to no

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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

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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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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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DemoS Strandeiland

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

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FABULOUS

Circularity in Urban Regions

Fruit-, vegetable and other organic waste is currently often converted to yield compost and low-value biogas. The goal of FABULOUS is to optimize a novel process to convert organic waste into high-value chemical building blocks.

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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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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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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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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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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.

News

Waste management contract in India

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute has signed a contract involving partners AWECT, Waternet, and the City of Amsterdam, with the Urban Development Department of Maharashtra in India for the development of an initial concept for residual waste.

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Waste management contract in India

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute has signed a contract involving partners AWECT, Waternet, and the City of Amsterdam, with the Urban Development Department of Maharashtra in India for the development of an initial concept for residual waste.

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Prospecting Urban Mines of Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam as a built environment can be seen as an urban mine. Metals are potentially available in built structures. This 2016 collaborative research project yielded an interactive map and plan prospecting our city, rethinking traditional mining.

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3D Printing in the Circular City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Closing the loop of plastic waste flows by using large-scale 3D printing for recycling plastic waste

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The Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

The Circular Kitchen aims for a market-ready solution to be tested in social housing. It is a resource and energy efficient step towards a circular economy developed with Dutch and Swedish partners where current innovations fail to scale.

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The Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

The Circular Kitchen aims for a market-ready solution to be tested in social housing. It is a resource and energy efficient step towards a circular economy developed with Dutch and Swedish partners where current innovations fail to scale.

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Adaptive Circular Cities

Circularity in Urban Regions

Cities are jointly responsible for the consumption of 75% of the planet’s natural resources and produce 60–80% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This highlights why there is an urgent need for more circular cities.

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ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLARGE project targets to enhance community resilience against urban challenges by looking for new ways to integrate food, water and energy resources in a synergistic way.

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REPAiR

Circularity in Urban Regions

The REPAiR project helps local and regional authorities to reduce waste flow in 6 peri-urban European areas.

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REPAiR

Circularity in Urban Regions

The REPAiR project helps local and regional authorities to reduce waste flow in 6 peri-urban European areas.

News

6 Circular economy highlights

Circularity in Urban Regions

100% circular sweaters, "headphones as a service" and bridges from toilet paper - Check out an inspiring selection by a

News

In the royal spotlight

Circularity in Urban Regions

At the invitation of His Majesty the King, Her Excellency Madam Halimah Yacob President of the Republic of Singapore, visited the Netherlands for a state visit on 21-22 November 2018. AMS Institute and Waternet were invited to share their innovations.

News

In the royal spotlight

Circularity in Urban Regions

At the invitation of His Majesty the King, Her Excellency Madam Halimah Yacob President of the Republic of Singapore, visited the Netherlands for a state visit on 21-22 November 2018. AMS Institute and Waternet were invited to share their innovations.

Project

Wastewater to bio-composites

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam’s wastewater can be used as feedstock for producing high-value bio-composites, which can be applied in transport, building or other urban sectors. As such, these composites contribute to a more circular urban society.

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New Urban Water Transport Systems

Circularity in Urban Regions

For a country built on and around water, new urban water transport systems are an ongoing design challenge. To meet the high de-mands of urban life, resources must be recovered and integrated in the water system.

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Arjen van Nieuwenhuijzen 1st Industry PI

Circularity in Urban Regions

MSc PhD Arjen van Nieuwenhuijzen, Chief Technology Officer Renewable Energy, Water and Resources at Witteveen+Bos Consulting Engineers, is appointed as the first Industry based Principal Investigator at AMS Institute as of 1 September 2018.

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Arjen van Nieuwenhuijzen 1st Industry PI

Circularity in Urban Regions

MSc PhD Arjen van Nieuwenhuijzen, Chief Technology Officer Renewable Energy, Water and Resources at Witteveen+Bos Consulting Engineers, is appointed as the first Industry based Principal Investigator at AMS Institute as of 1 September 2018.

News

Prototype Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment hosted the presentation of the Circular Kitchen during the week of the Circular Economy.

News

Singapore state visit

Circularity in Urban Regions

Singapore state visit on November 21st –  in the attendance of His Majesty the King.

News

Amsterdam's huge circular potential

Circularity in Urban Regions

Four circular economy strategies in Amsterdam could lead to huge emissions savings

News

Amsterdam's huge circular potential

Circularity in Urban Regions

Four circular economy strategies in Amsterdam could lead to huge emissions savings

Project

The Ideal(s) City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam, just like other cities, faces several urban challenges, whereof most of these are intertwined. The Ideal(s) City project untangles these urban challenges and uses the ocean of information that is already available to gain new insights.

Project

The Ideal(s) City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam, just like other cities, faces several urban challenges, whereof most of these are intertwined. The Ideal(s) City project untangles these urban challenges and uses the ocean of information that is already available to gain new insights.

Project

The Ideal(s) City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam, just like other cities, faces several urban challenges, whereof most of these are intertwined. The Ideal(s) City project untangles these urban challenges and uses the ocean of information that is already available to gain new insights.

Project

The Ideal(s) City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam, just like other cities, faces several urban challenges, whereof most of these are intertwined. The Ideal(s) City project untangles these urban challenges and uses the ocean of information that is already available to gain new insights.

News

Data-based tools for circular IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

RePlanIT provides insight into circular options for laptops and servers

News

Reviving repair in the Netherlands

Circularity in Urban Regions

EU legislation alone won't revive the Netherlands' lost art of repair.

News

Data-based tools for circular IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

RePlanIT provides insight into circular options for laptops and servers

News

Reviving repair in the Netherlands

Circularity in Urban Regions

EU legislation alone won't revive the Netherlands' lost art of repair.

Project

Sustainable high-rise buildings

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Sustainable high-rise buildings

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Sustainable high-rise buildings

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Sustainable high-rise buildings

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Biobased: Build more, pollute less?

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we build more while polluting less?

News

Biobased: Build more, pollute less?

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we build more while polluting less?

Project

LogiCELL: Living Lab Circular Logistics

Circularity in Urban Regions

Logistics for a circular economy have proven to be a challenge. Using the Living Lab methodology, we aim to solve problems that hinder reuse and recycling in logistics. We facilitate field labs to accelerate circular initiatives in Amsterdam.

Project

LogiCELL: Living Lab Circular Logistics

Circularity in Urban Regions

Logistics for a circular economy have proven to be a challenge. Using the Living Lab methodology, we aim to solve problems that hinder reuse and recycling in logistics. We facilitate field labs to accelerate circular initiatives in Amsterdam.

Project

MULTICARE's Innovative Solutions

Circularity in Urban Regions

MULTICARE addresses the vulnerability of the built environment to climate-related extreme events.

Project

MULTICARE's Innovative Solutions

Circularity in Urban Regions

MULTICARE addresses the vulnerability of the built environment to climate-related extreme events.

Project

MULTICARE's Innovative Solutions

Circularity in Urban Regions

MULTICARE addresses the vulnerability of the built environment to climate-related extreme events.

Project

MULTICARE's Innovative Solutions

Circularity in Urban Regions

MULTICARE addresses the vulnerability of the built environment to climate-related extreme events.

News

Second-hand Solar Panels Reigersbos

Circularity in Urban Regions

South east added a new uniquely sustainable roof. The roof of the Kazerne in Reigersbos is completely outfitted with second-hand solar panels. This benefits the energy supply of the Kazerne building itself.

Project

Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

News

Second-hand Solar Panels Reigersbos

Circularity in Urban Regions

South east added a new uniquely sustainable roof. The roof of the Kazerne in Reigersbos is completely outfitted with second-hand solar panels. This benefits the energy supply of the Kazerne building itself.

Project

Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

Project

The Innovation Pavilion at Marineterrein

Circularity in Urban Regions

In the heart of Amsterdam's Marineterrein, the future of construction is being built.

Project

The Innovation Pavilion at Marineterrein

Circularity in Urban Regions

In the heart of Amsterdam's Marineterrein, the future of construction is being built.

Project

The Innovation Pavilion at Marineterrein

Circularity in Urban Regions

In the heart of Amsterdam's Marineterrein, the future of construction is being built.

Project

The Innovation Pavilion at Marineterrein

Circularity in Urban Regions

In the heart of Amsterdam's Marineterrein, the future of construction is being built.

News

Biobased plastics for nature restoration

Circularity in Urban Regions

The PRO-PHBV project has entered its experiment phase. The project is working on creating biobased plastics for both the

News

Biobased plastics for nature restoration

Circularity in Urban Regions

The PRO-PHBV project has entered its experiment phase. The project is working on creating biobased plastics for both the

Project

CircuLaw

Circularity in Urban Regions

CircuLaw is a legal knowledge platform dedicated to enabling the circular economy transition.

Project

CircuLaw

Circularity in Urban Regions

CircuLaw is a legal knowledge platform dedicated to enabling the circular economy transition.

Project

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

Project

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

Project

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

Project

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

Project

Developing waste-based, biobased plastic

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Debunking Timber Myths

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Developing waste-based, biobased plastic

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Debunking Timber Myths

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

Project

Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

Project

Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

Project

Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

Project

Discussing Timber Myths

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Discussing Timber Myths

Circularity in Urban Regions

Project

Creating a Better Tomorrow with Eco-Friendly 3D Printing

Circularity in Urban Regions

This project offers user-friendly biomaterial 3D printers, and materials that make sustainable manufacturing accessible to everyone, whether you are a researcher seeking to push the boundaries or a designer creating distinctive and sustainable products.

Project

Creating a Better Tomorrow with Eco-Friendly 3D Printing

Circularity in Urban Regions

This project offers user-friendly biomaterial 3D printers, and materials that make sustainable manufacturing accessible to everyone, whether you are a researcher seeking to push the boundaries or a designer creating distinctive and sustainable products.

News

Facts & Fiction: Availability of 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 & Fiction: Availability of 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 & Fiction: Availability of 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 & Fiction: Availability of timber

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

News

Spore: smart biowaste bins for the city

Entrepreneurship

AMS Startup Booster alumni Spore developed smart biowaste bins to identify contamination and efficiently collect waste.

News

Re-plex material testing

Circularity in Urban Regions

At the Bajeskwartier in Amsterdam, BAM Advies & Engineering, AMS Institute, and NPSP recently installed a test rig...

News

Spore: smart biowaste bins for the city

Entrepreneurship

AMS Startup Booster alumni Spore developed smart biowaste bins to identify contamination and efficiently collect waste.

News

Re-plex material testing

Circularity in Urban Regions

At the Bajeskwartier in Amsterdam, BAM Advies & Engineering, AMS Institute, and NPSP recently installed a test rig...

News

MADE students create elephant dung bench

Education

Five of our MSc MADE students have collaborated with ARTIS to create a sustainable park bench made of elephant dung. The project, part of a living lab, was designed to find a circular solution to ARTIS's largest organic waste stream: elephant poop.

News

MADE students create elephant dung bench

Education

Five of our MSc MADE students have collaborated with ARTIS to create a sustainable park bench made of elephant dung. The project, part of a living lab, was designed to find a circular solution to ARTIS's largest organic waste stream: elephant poop.

News

MADE students create elephant dung bench

Education

Five of our MSc MADE students have collaborated with ARTIS to create a sustainable park bench made of elephant dung. The project, part of a living lab, was designed to find a circular solution to ARTIS's largest organic waste stream: elephant poop.

News

MADE students create elephant dung bench

Education

Five of our MSc MADE students have collaborated with ARTIS to create a sustainable park bench made of elephant dung. The project, part of a living lab, was designed to find a circular solution to ARTIS's largest organic waste stream: elephant poop.

News

Bio-based construction getting into gear

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Bio-based construction getting into gear

Circularity in Urban Regions

News

Official Launch Circulaw

Circularity in Urban Regions

CircuLaw is a new online legal platform that aims to break down the barriers to the transition towards a circular econom

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Official Launch Circulaw

Circularity in Urban Regions

CircuLaw is a new online legal platform that aims to break down the barriers to the transition towards a circular econom

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Circular Paving in Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

The environmental impact of road constructions is large. For Amsterdam to reach the city’s policy goals in circularity and climate change, re-using concrete pavers is crucial. This project investigates the impact for different circular scenarios.

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Circular Paving in Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

The environmental impact of road constructions is large. For Amsterdam to reach the city’s policy goals in circularity and climate change, re-using concrete pavers is crucial. This project investigates the impact for different circular scenarios.

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Circular Paving in Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

The environmental impact of road constructions is large. For Amsterdam to reach the city’s policy goals in circularity and climate change, re-using concrete pavers is crucial. This project investigates the impact for different circular scenarios.

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Circular Paving in Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

The environmental impact of road constructions is large. For Amsterdam to reach the city’s policy goals in circularity and climate change, re-using concrete pavers is crucial. This project investigates the impact for different circular scenarios.

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Funding to accelerate timber building

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute receives funding for extended research on misconceptions regarding timber construction. With this collaboration, the project partners aim to shift mindsets towards timber building in the European construction industry.

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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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Funding to accelerate timber building

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute receives funding for extended research on misconceptions regarding timber construction. With this collaboration, the project partners aim to shift mindsets towards timber building in the European construction industry.

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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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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to increase circularity of solar panels? Let's hear it from these experts on the topic of circularity.

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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to increase circularity of solar panels? Let's hear it from these experts on the topic of circularity.

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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to increase circularity of solar panels? Let's hear it from these experts on the topic of circularity.

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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to increase circularity of solar panels? Let's hear it from these experts on the topic of circularity.

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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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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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Flax and hemp for a circular city

Circularity in Urban Regions

Like many cities worldwide, Amsterdam aims to be climate-neutral and circular. To realize this, we need to change the way we use (natural) resources. In the past, regional crops were important for urban development in our city. What if history repeats?

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Flax and hemp for a circular city

Circularity in Urban Regions

Like many cities worldwide, Amsterdam aims to be climate-neutral and circular. To realize this, we need to change the way we use (natural) resources. In the past, regional crops were important for urban development in our city. What if history repeats?

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Facts & Fiction: Timber and CO2

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

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Facts & Fiction: Timber and CO2

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

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Facts & Fiction: Timber and CO2

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

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Facts & Fiction: Timber and CO2

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

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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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Green Deal Timber Construction signed

Circularity in Urban Regions

Last Friday, 32 municipalities signed the Green Deal Timber Construction. Today, we proudly joined this effort. Why?

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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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Green Deal Timber Construction signed

Circularity in Urban Regions

Last Friday, 32 municipalities signed the Green Deal Timber Construction. Today, we proudly joined this effort. Why?

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Circular Resource Planning for IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

We only use IT hardware, like laptops or data servers, for an average of 3 to 4 years. With increasing digitization and

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Circular Resource Planning for IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

We only use IT hardware, like laptops or data servers, for an average of 3 to 4 years. With increasing digitization and

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Circular Resource Planning for IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

We only use IT hardware, like laptops or data servers, for an average of 3 to 4 years. With increasing digitization and

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Circular Resource Planning for IT

Circularity in Urban Regions

We only use IT hardware, like laptops or data servers, for an average of 3 to 4 years. With increasing digitization and

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Circular cities with vertical farms

Circularity in Urban Regions

With urban vertical farming, food can be produced closer to consumers. Also, the heat produced by vertical farms can be captured and reused in urban energy grids. Can this type of agriculture be a solution to create our future, circular cities?

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Circular cities with vertical farms

Circularity in Urban Regions

With urban vertical farming, food can be produced closer to consumers. Also, the heat produced by vertical farms can be captured and reused in urban energy grids. Can this type of agriculture be a solution to create our future, circular cities?

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How to build and combat aircraft noise?

Circularity in Urban Regions

In a test set-up in Hoofddorp with 120 containers simulating a residential neighborhood and in which, in addition to no

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How to build and combat aircraft noise?

Circularity in Urban Regions

In a test set-up in Hoofddorp with 120 containers simulating a residential neighborhood and in which, in addition to no

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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FABULOUS

Circularity in Urban Regions

Fruit-, vegetable and other organic waste is currently often converted to yield compost and low-value biogas. The goal of FABULOUS is to optimize a novel process to convert organic waste into high-value chemical building blocks.

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FABULOUS

Circularity in Urban Regions

Fruit-, vegetable and other organic waste is currently often converted to yield compost and low-value biogas. The goal of FABULOUS is to optimize a novel process to convert organic waste into high-value chemical building blocks.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Waste management contract in India

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute has signed a contract involving partners AWECT, Waternet, and the City of Amsterdam, with the Urban Development Department of Maharashtra in India for the development of an initial concept for residual waste.

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Waste management contract in India

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute has signed a contract involving partners AWECT, Waternet, and the City of Amsterdam, with the Urban Development Department of Maharashtra in India for the development of an initial concept for residual waste.

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Prospecting Urban Mines of Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam as a built environment can be seen as an urban mine. Metals are potentially available in built structures. This 2016 collaborative research project yielded an interactive map and plan prospecting our city, rethinking traditional mining.

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Prospecting Urban Mines of Amsterdam

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam as a built environment can be seen as an urban mine. Metals are potentially available in built structures. This 2016 collaborative research project yielded an interactive map and plan prospecting our city, rethinking traditional mining.

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3D Printing in the Circular City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Closing the loop of plastic waste flows by using large-scale 3D printing for recycling plastic waste

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3D Printing in the Circular City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Closing the loop of plastic waste flows by using large-scale 3D printing for recycling plastic waste

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3D Printing in the Circular City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Closing the loop of plastic waste flows by using large-scale 3D printing for recycling plastic waste

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3D Printing in the Circular City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Closing the loop of plastic waste flows by using large-scale 3D printing for recycling plastic waste

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The Circular Kitchen

Circularity in Urban Regions

The Circular Kitchen aims for a market-ready solution to be tested in social housing. It is a resource and energy efficient step towards a circular economy developed with Dutch and Swedish partners where current innovations fail to scale.

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Adaptive Circular Cities

Circularity in Urban Regions

Cities are jointly responsible for the consumption of 75% of the planet’s natural resources and produce 60–80% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This highlights why there is an urgent need for more circular cities.

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The Circular Kitchen