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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.

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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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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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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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ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLAGRE 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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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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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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Circular Supply Chain for the City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Something unexpected is growing in the waters of Amsterdam: seaweed! What are these plants doing amidst the bustle of the city? They will provide the biomass for manufacturing new local goods using 3D-printing techniques.

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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.

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.

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

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

ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLAGRE 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.

Project

ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLAGRE 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.

Project

ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLAGRE 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.

Project

ENLARGE

Circularity in Urban Regions

How to support the development of sustainable future cities? The ENLAGRE 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.

Project

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.

Project

Circular Supply Chain for the City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Something unexpected is growing in the waters of Amsterdam: seaweed! What are these plants doing amidst the bustle of the city? They will provide the biomass for manufacturing new local goods using 3D-printing techniques.

Project

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.

Project

Circular Supply Chain for the City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Something unexpected is growing in the waters of Amsterdam: seaweed! What are these plants doing amidst the bustle of the city? They will provide the biomass for manufacturing new local goods using 3D-printing techniques.

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.

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.

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.