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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.

Project

REPAiR

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

Project

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.

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.”

Jan Peter van der Hoek

Part-time professor & AMS PI

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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Project

REPAiR

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

Project

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.

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.

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.

Project

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

Project

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.

Project

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.

Project

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.

News

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.

Project

REPAiR

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

Project

REPAiR

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

Project

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.

Project

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.

Project

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.

Project

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.

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.

Project

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

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.

Project

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

Project

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.

Project

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.

Project

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.

Project

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.

Project

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.

Project

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.

News

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

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.