The circular city

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The Circular City

For the past few years, Amsterdam has committed to pioneering solutions for the transition to a more self-sufficient, circular city. Most of the resulting projects have mainly focused thus far on optimizing resource flows (e.g. building materials, food, water, energy, etc.) to and from the built environment. The role of public spaces, where circularity becomes shared and tangible for instance in the form of productive green/blue infrastructures, or of the social infrastructures (of participation, learning, voluntary work, etc.) underpinning many of these circular initiatives have not received much attention thus far. On the circular thematic route we will explore in what ways various social infrastructures mediate the transition towards a circular economy, and how public spaces are implicated in the process.

Questions to be addressed on the route:

  1. What resources were involved in these ideas and projects?
  2. How is public space implicated in circularity projects?
  3. What other kinds of resources have been vital for realising these transformations?
  4. How inclusive are they?
  5. How does the urban-rural fringe of Amsterdam play a role the transition towards a circular economy?


Programme of The Ludic City route:

Thursday 28th of June 2018

14.00  Depart from AMS Institute (by public transport/cycling)

14.30  Arrival at Tuinen van West

Tuinen van West is unique multifunctional recreation area created from a blend of historic and contemporary urban fringe landscapes; of urban agriculture, sports, recreation, arts, culture and other activities. Entrepeneurs collaborate here to contribute to a circular economy that includes sustainable water management, local food chains and resources, renewable energy, and self-organisation. The area includes a range of initiatives such as Drakenland, Terragon and Fruittuin. First short introduction of the elements of this part of the tour. Exploration of the site, discussion with case owner, students and locals. Presentation of the “Re-Learning Public space“ questions. Round table: the regenerative city: how to overcome obstacles?

17.00 Arrival at Tuinen van Bret

A small ‘hamlet’ that presents itself as a circular business area driven by the wish to create high-quality and sustainable products. The place combines workshops for entrepeneurs with a public meeting place and has its own vineyard where people can buy a share in the produced wine. Short site visit.

18.00  Arrival at Amsterdam Centraal

Friday 29th of June 2018

09.00 Depart from the AMS institute (cycling)

10.00 Arrival at Durgerdam dorpshuis

Amsterdam’s backyard, a widely appreciated historical rural landscape, against the background of sinking peat lands, associated CO2 emissions, complex water management and a very active population. Future developments may point towards wet agriculture systems, and alternative circular approaches to urban-rural connections including recreation. Site visit, discussion with case owner, students and locals. Presentations students – different faces of circular area development.

12.30 Arrival at De Ceuvel – cleantech playground

An award-winning initiative, proudly described by the community as “a city playground for innovation and creativity”, and as an experiment that aspires “to make sustainability tangible, understandable and fun”[2]. Site visit, guided tour with one of the community members and open discussion.

13.00 Lunch at Cafe De Ceuvel

14.00 Overlap and reflection session together with the participants to The Ludic City route.

15:45 Depart from De Ceuvel (cycling)

16.00 Arrival at Schoonschip

In the coming years, the Johan van Hasseltkanaal will turn into the first sustainable floating neighborhood in Europe. The project that was initiated almost ten years ago will house 46 households committed to environmental and social sustainability objectives. Site visit, discussion with case owner and locals.

18.00 Arrival at AMS Institute – Drinks