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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.

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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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

Event

Circularity in the Built Environment

Education

10 - 12 July 2022

This July, the Circular Built Environment Hub (TU Delft) hosts a Summer School on Circularity in the Built Environment.

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

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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Ideal(s) Monitor: how to measure impact?

Circularity in Urban Regions

Many urban challenges faced by the city of Amsterdam are intertwined. To tackle these, there is a need to work based on a (more) integrated approach. Therefore, we develop the 'Ideal(s) Monitor with the City of Amsterdam.

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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: 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: Timber and CO2

Circularity in Urban Regions

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

Project

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

Project

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

Event

Circularity in the Built Environment

Education

10 - 12 July 2022

This July, the Circular Built Environment Hub (TU Delft) hosts a Summer School on Circularity in the Built Environment.

Event

Circularity in the Built Environment

Education

10 - 12 July 2022

This July, the Circular Built Environment Hub (TU Delft) hosts a Summer School on Circularity in the Built Environment.

Event

Circularity in the Built Environment

Education

10 - 12 July 2022

This July, the Circular Built Environment Hub (TU Delft) hosts a Summer School on Circularity in the Built Environment.

Event

Circularity in the Built Environment

Education

10 - 12 July 2022

This July, the Circular Built Environment Hub (TU Delft) hosts a Summer School on Circularity in the Built Environment.

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?

Project

Ideal(s) Monitor: how to measure impact?

Circularity in Urban Regions

Many urban challenges faced by the city of Amsterdam are intertwined. To tackle these, there is a need to work based on a (more) integrated approach. Therefore, we develop the 'Ideal(s) Monitor with the City of Amsterdam.

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?

Project

Ideal(s) Monitor: how to measure impact?

Circularity in Urban Regions

Many urban challenges faced by the city of Amsterdam are intertwined. To tackle these, there is a need to work based on a (more) integrated approach. Therefore, we develop the 'Ideal(s) Monitor with the City of Amsterdam.

News

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

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

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

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: 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: 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?