Smart and Sustainable Built Environment conference in Pretoria, South Africa
From 9 till 11 December Ilse Voskamp, PhD candidate at the Landscape Architecture Group (ESG) and the sub-department of Environmental Technology (AFSG), will attend the Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (SASBE) conference in Pretoria, South Africa. There she will present the results of the Urban Pulse research project (2014 -2015), one of the three kick-off projects of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS).
In the project, the flows of water, food, energy and materials through the city of Amsterdam -on a yearly basis- were analysed. A paper that presents the outcomes of this analysis has been accepted for publication. The project also aimed to identify high resolution data on Amsterdam’s resource flows. Such data can provide insight in the flow patterns of essential resources in the city and in particular in the spatial and temporal dynamics of these flows. A detailed understanding of the city’s resource flows is of importance when aiming to redesign the city towards a more self-sufficient, circular system.
In her SASBE presentation, Ilse will discuss what information on resource flows utility providers, urban planners and designers in Amsterdam need to implement the interventions they consider to making Amsterdam a more circular city. She will explicate at what temporal and spatial resolution these stakeholders need information for the implementation of technological and spatial interventions that target the urban energy flows. In addition, an overview is presented which information on energy flows is available for Amsterdam and at what level of detail in space and time. For different interventions it is indicated whether there is a gap between the spatial-temporal resolution of information needed and information available. Results so far indicate that the level of detail of the information required is highly dependent on the interventions envisioned and the resource flows targeted. While stakeholders expressed for a majority of interventions the need for high-resolution information, there appears to be limited high-resolution monitoring data available for Amsterdam.
In the beginning of 2016, additional interviews and follow-up workshops with a selection of the stakeholders will be organized to further validate the findings. One of the stakeholders interested in hosting this workshop is Waternet. Besides Wageningen UR and Waternet, other project partners involved in Urban Pulse are TU Delft, City of Amsterdam, AEB Amsterdam, Waag Society, Alliander and Port of Amsterdam. WUR researchers involved are Marc Spiller (AFSG), Sven Stremke (ESG, co-promotor), Arnold Bregt and Corné Vreugdenhil (ESG), Jan Willem van der Schans and Niels Tomson (SSG), Huub Rijnaarts (AFSG, promotor) and Adri van den Brink (ESG, promotor).
For more information:
Voskamp, Stremke, Spiller, Van den Brink, Rijnaarts, 2015. Data qualifications and data availability for resource flow analysis in support of urban planning: Amsterdam’s energy metabolism