Cities are responsible for the consumption of no less than 75% of the world’s natural resources and 60 – 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions. The need for transition to circular cities is becoming increasingly urgent. Within this context Amsterdam has assigned the new working and residential neighbourhood of Buiksloterham in the north of the city as a Living Lab for circular area development. Today this ambition is being reinforced with the signing of the ‘Circular Buiksloterham’ manifesto by Alderpersons Choho and Van der Burg of the city of Amsterdam and twenty parties who are active in the neighbourhood, including the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute). Buiksloterham is presently an industrial area. (Remainder of the article in Dutch)
Living Lab Buiksloterham, learning by doing
Many issues and obstacles come to light during a radical change of course from a city with a linear metabolism to a city with a circular metabolism: in the area of regulations, availability of technology, and new revenue models. AMS Institute encourages knowledge development on Circular Cities, for instance via the project Adaptive Circular Cities. Four major research institutes - TNO, Wageningen UR, Deltares, and ECN - will be working on the development of innovative solutions to these issues over the coming year within the Living Lab, together with businesses and residents.
Knowledge springboard for other circular cities
The demand for energy and the reduction of CO2, for instance through the application of the passive house standard for new-build houses but also with smart direct current (DC) networks; the reuse of materials - including construction materials - through the application of ideas such as circular construction principles and smart waste collection technology; a rainproof district, saving drinking water and recovering phosphate from the waste water through the application of innovations in the area of water; the processing of organic residual flows to produce new raw materials by means of a decentralised biorefinery: these are the ambitions of Circulair Buiksloterham and therefore topics for which the Adaptive Circular Cities project is developing knowledge. Such knowledge will benefit the Municipality of Amsterdam, including the residents and users of Amsterdam, and in the future this knowledge can be applied in other cities too.
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