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1 DETAILED VISION AND ROADMAP AMSTERDAM INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS 1

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3 Summary ENGINEERING TALENT, CREATING METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS The world is urbanizing at a tremendous rate. Cities increasingly face challenges of sustainability and quality of life, challenges that put at risk resource and food security, mobility and logistics, water and waste management, health and wellbeing. Cities need metropolitan solutions and that creates an opportunity for scientists, companies and entrepreneurs innovative enough to develop and deliver them. Such solutions are made possible by today s revolution of new technologies and design methods. But no party can do this alone; metropolitan solutions require cooperation between knowledge institutes, companies, cities and citizens. We are a consortium of academic and industry leaders, joining forces to build a new, internationally leading public-private institute to engineer talent and create metropolitan solutions. TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT form the academic core of the institute. They partner with industry leaders in the field, Accenture, Alliander, Cisco, IBM, KPN, Shell and Waternet, research institutes Amsterdam Smart City, ESA, TNO, and Waag Society, and the City of Boston. Our ambition coincides with that of the City of Amsterdam, and we invite the city to join us in realizing the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS, working title). VISION FOR THE AMS INSTITUTE AMS aims to become a leader in urban innovation, using technology and design to resolve, steer and navigate city flows e.g. water, energy, waste, food, data and people. AMS covers the entire chain from education to research to valorization, from discovery to development to deployment. It will be at the forefront of the field of metropolitan solutions, because of its unique consortium of leading public and private partners, its holistic approach that integrates engineering and design and the physical and digital worlds, and the city and its citizens, and its unique facilities, that include the Amsterdam living lab and a network of living labs around the world. AMS will foster a culture of engagement and excellence in engineering and design. AMS will be: 1. An educational program with a new, innovative MSc in Metropolitan Solutions that targets top students from all over the world 2. A portfolio of research and valorization projects/programs defined and executed by consortia of knowledge institutes and companies in cooperation with the City of Amsterdam and its citizens 3. A value platform that combines infrastructures (e.g. the living lab), knowledge and networks to enable its education, research and valorization activities 3

4 BUSINESS AND OPERATING MODEL The business and operating model of AMS is built around its three parts: 1. The educational program is defined, executed and financed chiefly by the academic core of AMS, and operationalized as an integral part of the larger education offers of the core academic partners. Co-financing from the City of Amsterdam is mainly used for accommodation in Amsterdam 2. The public-private consortia in the research and valorization portfolio have different shapes, sizes and governance structures, tailored to the specific needs of the projects/programs and consortia members. All of these, however, adhere to specific ground rules and are subject to the AMS portfolio management. They are mainly financed by the public and private consortium members themselves and by subsidy sources and AMS itself offers a stimulus fund up to ~20% of a consortium s budget 3. The offerings of the value platform have a growth model that will build up with the platform s use. In time, the platform is to become independent of funding from the City of Amsterdam AMS as a whole will generate a multiplier of four on the investments from the City of Amsterdam through co-investments from AMS partners and by attracting funding from other sources in the first ten-year period. AMS advocates an open model that lets others that share its vision participate in its research and valorization activities, make use of the platform, and contribute to and benefit from AMS. AMS has the ambition to anchor itself in a physical accommodation in Amsterdam as soon as possible. ROADMAP FOR AMS AMS has a growth model that, in a four-stage roadmap, foresees: A one-year kick-start and design phase, in which activities are initiated and the organization set up A four-year growth phase in which AMS matures, its threefold operational model materializes, and AMS establishes itself firmly in Amsterdam A four-year development period where AMS moves towards becoming autonomous A full-scale autonomous AMS institute as of year 10 Risks have been identified, and measures for their mitigation will be taken. AMS will be steered towards realizing its key success factors. To achieve this, AMS partners will make key expert personnel available. COMMITMENT A strong, committed consortium is already in place; all current partners have expressed their commitment in a letter. AMS core academic partners, TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT, will contribute to AMS by carrying the educational program, participating in the research and valorization portfolio, and contributing to the AMS platform. Their commitment is for the long term, and has been expressed in letters of commitment on the board level of TU Delft and Wageningen UR, and on the vice president level of MIT. 4

5 Amsterdam Smart City, City of Boston, KPN, TNO and Waag Society will play a major role in the value platform and participate in projects/ programs. AMS partners Accenture, Alliander, Cisco, ESA, IBM, Shell and Waternet have expressed their intent to participate in and contribute to the research and valorization portfolio. Boston has expressed its intention to act as a partner city. The open model of AMS will bring many more leading parties to participate in AMS in the (near) future. Finally, AMS foresees potential cooperation with the integrated beta faculty of UvA and VU and, if opportune, with complementary initiatives such as the THNK consortium. FIT WITH THE GOALS OF THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM AMS is fully aligned with the goals of the City of Amsterdam. AMS attracts and retains talented engineers to the Amsterdam region. In time, engineering students will participate in its MSc program and researchers will be employed. AMS creates sustainable connections in Amsterdam and on a global level, and firmly roots itself in the city. AMS multiplies the investment from the city by four, creating an influx of funding to the city and stimulating Amsterdam s economy. Through AMS, Amsterdam will be the first to benefit from metropolitan solutions that improve the quality of life for its citizens and creating economic opportunities for its business community. As a leading engineering and design institute for education, research and valorization, AMS fills a clear gap in the Amsterdam knowledge and innovation infrastructure. AMS requests that the City of Amsterdam commits EUR 50 million to AMS for a ten-year period. AMS proposes a model in which the AMS partners and the City of Amsterdam co-invest: financial resources committed by the city will only be spent if sufficient co-financing from public and private AMS partners is secured. Furthermore, AMS requests the City of Amsterdam to support housing, facilitate the city s use as a living lab, provide insight into urban challenges, contribute city data, open the city s network, support use of the Amsterdam brand and create publicity, support the acquisition of external funding (e.g. Horizon 2020, ERDF, topsector policy), support through various centers of expertise like the Amsterdam Economic Board and Amsterdam Expatcenter, and act as a launching customer for new metropolitan solutions. AMS will be a collaborative venture. READING GUIDE TO THIS DOCUMENT This document details the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions. It starts with introducing the AMS consortium and its ambition in chapter 1. Chapters 2-6 follow the structure proposed by the City of Amsterdam in its design contest notice for round 2, giving answers to all questions raised by the city. Finally, an appendix outlines potential projects that may be pursued in AMS. 5

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9 Table of contents Summary 3 Table of contents 9 1. Engineering talent, creating metropolitan solutions The NEED for metropolitan solutions is magnifying We are COMMITTED to taking the lead in the discovery, development and deployment of metropolitan solutions We AIM to engineer talent and create metropolitan solutions in a next-generation, world-leading institute for urban innovation We INVITE the City of Amsterdam to join forces with us to realize the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions Detailed vision for the AMS Institute The SCOPE of AMS is education, research and valorization in metropolitan solutions AMS is equipped to obtain a LEADING POSITION in the field The field of metropolitan solutions Unique characteristics of AMS AMS TARGETS the best international students and researchers, leading institutions and companies, and innovative entrepreneurs and SMEs EDUCATION: educating top talent and professionals RESEARCH & VALORIZATION: developing and delivering metropolitan solutions with leading institutions and companies PLATFORM: supporting talent, institutions, companies and entrepreneurs AMS fosters a CULTURE and ENVIRONMENT of engagement, excellence, engineering and design Business and operating model The MODEL builds on three interconnected parts Model for the educational program Model for the public-private research and valorization portfolio Model for the value platform AMS REALIZES talent, scientific excellence, business activity, networks and metropolitan solutions AMS facilitates COLLABORATION with other public and private parties in Amsterdam and around the world LOCATED in Amsterdam Feasibility and roadmap for the initiative AMS will grow according to a four-stage ROADMAP AUTONOMY is reached in ten years Taking measures to MITIGATE RISKS Securing the development of AMS KEY SUCCESS FACTORS KEY PEOPLE to do the job Commitment to the initiative CORE ACADEMIC PARTNERS committed to the initiative and for the long run PLATFORM PARTNERS committed to support and carry part of the value platform RESEARCH AND VALORIZATION PARTNERS committed to participating in the portfolio Other POTENTIAL PARTNERS of AMS Fit with the goals of the City Strong FIT with the goals of the City CO-INVESTING in AMS Proposed CONTRIBUTIONS from the City 95 Appendix: project examples for AMS 99 9

10 The real-time city is now real! The ubiquitous blanket of urban technologies emerging in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. As the tools for 1 understanding and impacting urban space emerge, the way we operate in and on the city is radically transformed - a new, sociable, networked urban ecology. Prof. Carlo Ratti Director of SENSEable City Lab MIT The densely populated Amsterdam area forms a unique living laboratory for developing breakthrough technologies for the cities of the future. Prof.dr.ir. Mark C.M. van Loosdrecht Environmental Biotechnology TU Delftly In a rapidly urbanizing world new metropolitan food systems are needed, which requires new scientific approaches. The new institute is well positioned to deliver such contributions. Prof.dr.ir. Rudy Rabbinge Sustainable development and food security Wageningen UR 10

11 1. Engineering talent, creating metropolitan solutions Rapid urban growth gives rise to an ever more acute need for solutions to metropolitan challenges of sustainability and quality of life, including resource and food security, mobility and logistics, water and waste management, and health and wellbeing. Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and their industry and research partners are committed to taking the lead in developing and delivering such solutions. We aim to engineer talent and create metropolitan solutions in a nextgeneration, world-leading institute for urban innovation, and we invite the City of Amsterdam to join us in realizing the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS, working title). 1.1 THE NEED FOR METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS IS MAGNIFYING The world is urbanizing fast. Cities increasingly face tightly interwoven challenges of sustainability and quality of life, challenges which threaten resource and food security, mobility and logistics, water and waste management, and health and wellbeing. But these challenges also create opportunities for entrepreneurs and scientists innovative enough to develop new solutions that the ever-growing metropolitan world needs solutions that a revolution of new technologies and design methods makes possible. THE WORLD IS URBANIZING FAST Where 40% of the world s population lived in urban areas in 1980, by 2030 this figure will jump to 60%, or even around 80% in more developed areas. 1 There are currently some 600 cities with a population larger than 750,000 inhabitants, four times as much as half a century ago. Most of these people live in mid-sized cities like Amsterdam; megacities, with over 10 million citizens, account for only about 10% of the world s population. GREAT CITIES FACE GREAT CHALLENGES The great challenge of our time is to maintain a sustainable and high quality of life within cities. To sustain prosperous urban conditions in the face of global and local climate change and ever growing populations, cities must secure and green essential flows, including clean water, energy, food, and waste, ensure mobility and logistics, and protect the air quality, temperature, natural, public spaces, and built urban tissue essential to a healthy environment, where citizens can live, breathe and work. The systems that were set up to deal with these issues have, in many cases, reached their limits and require radical change. METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS ARE PUBLIC-PRIVATE OPPORTUNITIES All over the world, cities are looking for solutions to preserve and improve urban living and working conditions. Their challenge represents an opportunity for public and private parties innovative and entrepreneurial enough to develop and deliver such solutions. 2 Metropolitan challenges are a promising area for groundbreaking fundamental and applied research and knowledge valorization for scientists, and for growth and investment strategies for small and large industrial players. Knowledge institutes, 1. UN, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, key figures MT Management Team, Megasteden bieden megakansen, July 29,

12 companies, cities and their citizens are already starting to come together in urban-centric initiatives targeting sustainability (the Sustainable City), the better utilization of resources and infrastructure (the Smart City), effective production and distribution of food (the Edible City), improved equity and government transparency (the Just City), higher quality of life (the Healthy City), technology innovation and urban dynamics (the Creative City), and activating citizens to co-create the services that they will use (Smart Citizens). NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND DESIGN METHODS BRING SOLUTIONS WITHIN REACH The development and application of digital technologies is radically transforming the way we describe and understand cities and the tools we use to design, plan and manage them. This new approach to urban design allows us to rethink the built environment from the ground up, including tangible urban technologies in the areas of water, energy, mobility, waste, food, health, etc. Such developments give rise to a new field of research and development in applied technology that combines engineering and design at the crossroads of the physical and digital sides of the urban domain: a marriage between atoms and bytes. 1.2 WE ARE COMMITTED TO TAKING THE LEAD IN THE DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS Metropolitan solutions is an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon many different fields of research and which relies on a variety of public and private parties for its success. We are a consortium of academic and industry leaders, joining forces to build a new, internationally leading public-private institute for advanced metropolitan solutions (figure 1). ACADEMIC CORE World leading institutions in science and technology related to the domain of urban solution with proven excellence in research, education and innovation PARTNERS Leading industry partners and institutes participating in programs, contributing data, technologies, infrastructure, network and resources Delft University of Technology KPN. WATERNET. CISCO. TNO. WAAG SOCIETY. ACCENTURE. SHELL. IBM. ALLIANDER. ESA. AMSTERDAM SMART CITY. CITY OF BOSTON. Wageningen University and Research Centre Massachusetts Institute of Technology Figure 1. Overview of the consortium INTERNATIONALLY LEADING UNIVERSITIES FORM THE CORE Three academic partners are at the heart of the consortium: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They provide the integrated and long-term thinking that secures the continuity of the consortium and institution. They have profound experience in multiple relevant fields, including electrical, mechanical, agricultural and 12

13 civil engineering, computer science, governance and policy, environmental sciences, landscaping, urban planning and design, architecture and social sciences. Globally, they rank numbers 3 and 32 in engineering and technology universities and numbers 1 and 22 in life sciences universities. 3 In terms of collaboration with industry, they rank numbers 2, 18 and 48 among the world s top-500 universities. 4 These universities educate and perform research in real-world problems, work together with companies, and valorize their results. TOP INDUSTRY AND RESEARCH PARTNERS POOL THEIR STRENGTHS WITH ACADEMIA Leading partners from industry and research committed to and actively involved in the consortium include Accenture, Alliander, Amsterdam Smart City, Cisco, City of Boston, ESA, IBM, KPN, Shell, TNO, Waag Society and Waternet. These partners, local, national and international, cover a range of technology R&D and integration required for prospering cities and their solutions: from IT to energy, from water and food to materials and waste. They contribute data, technologies, knowledge (including co-creation methodologies) and resources to the consortium, guide the research towards where it matters most for the economy and society, and strengthen the consortium s capacity to turn societal needs into research into solutions, and implement them in real life. 1.3 WE AIM TO ENGINEER TALENT AND CREATE METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS IN A NEXT-GENERATION, WORLD-LEADING INSTITUTE FOR URBAN INNOVATION Our mission is to engineer talent and create metropolitan solutions. We aim to do this by setting up a world-leading institute for urban innovation that provides the facilities and services needed to be a value-adding platform for educational, research and valorization activities (see chapter 2). THROUGH EDUCATION WE WILL ENGINEER THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERING TALENT For the consortium, engineering talent has two meanings: content and approach. The institute will train talented engineers in the development and implementation of metropolitan solutions and engineer talent through innovative education and real-life practice. Developing and delivering metropolitan solutions requires talented, welleducated and motivated people. Talent can be found anywhere in the world, but developing that talent and focusing their energies on metropolitan solutions (in and for Amsterdam) requires new approaches. It is a challenge that traditional on-site education alone cannot solve. Nor can Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by several institutes, including AMS academic consortium members; student commitment and accreditation are obstacles there. 3. Times Higher Education World University Rankings Engineering and Technology Table and Life Sciences Table, CWTS Leiden Ranking,

14 The educational institute of the future, therefore, combines the physical and digital worlds at all levels, blending on-site learning, distance education and MOOCs to deliver individualized education at the scale necessary for a world full of talent on the one side and metropolitan challenges on the other. 5 We have the ambition to set up an institute in the field of metropolitan solutions that does just that. We aim to attract the best students worldwide, and from a variety of fields. We aim to provide progressive education and deliver excellent, interdisciplinary engineers with the theoretical grounding and practical skills to deal with the complex challenges of cities. THROUGH RESEARCH AND VALORIZATION WE WILL ENGINEER METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS The consortium s mission is to apply excellence in engineering and design to develop and deliver transformational solutions for emerging metropolitan challenges that are beyond the scope and reach of individual knowledge institutes and companies. Metropolitan solutions is an inherently interdisciplinary field that requires profound knowledge and expertise in fields as diverse as construction, environment, water, energy, food, and ICT, and their integration; approaches such as big data analytics, selforganization and configuration, and co-creation; and the application of sensor networks, bioinformatics and smart materials. The consortium aims to build a leading institute for urban innovation that pools the knowledge, people and resources of a variety of academic and industrial partners, and deploys the engineering talent that is built in the institute s educational program. Research and valorization in this institute will not just be about cities, they will be integrated into cities through an international network of living labs to test and co-create solutions. The institute will use these cities living labs to understand the flows and characteristics of the urban environment, and thus to design metropolitan solutions and accelerate their integration into real life. It will do this together with the people, structures and organizations that make up cities. Only when innovations are actually delivered by companies and entrepreneurs and used by people in cities do they unlock their full economic and social value. To facilitate urban innovation and ensure urban delivery, we will set up the institute as a value platform with a physical location in the heart of a dynamic city, a living lab and a wide network of partners to jointly realize new metropolitan solutions on the ground. 5. Paul Taylor, Technology is the key to teaching future skills, Financial Times, July 17,

15 1.4 WE INVITE THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM TO JOIN FORCES WITH US TO REALIZE THE AMSTERDAM INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS Our ambition coincides with that of the City of Amsterdam, and we are delighted to invite the city to join us in realizing the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS, working title), with Amsterdam as the physical nucleus of our educational program, our primary living lab and our international network hub. AMSTERDAM WILL HOST THE PHYSICAL NUCLEUS OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM We offer the City of Amsterdam the opportunity to become the physical nucleus of our educational program. For Amsterdam (and the companies based there), the combination of physical and digital education provides access to thousands of talented people from all over the world who will spend part or all of their studies in Amsterdam, developing and applying metropolitan solutions there. For the institute, Amsterdam is an excellent location with international appeal for engineering and design students, a place where they can meet, learn, live and study, experience urban challenges and put their solutions to practice. AMSTERDAM WILL BE THE PRIMARY LIVING LAB AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK HUB FOR RESEARCH AND VALORIZATION Amsterdam will become the primary living lab for the research and valorization activities of the institute and the main hub in an international network. For Amsterdam, the presence of the institute will generate hightech employment and R&D investments within the metropolitan borders, an international network of academic and industrial partners and partner cities, a high retention of the engineering talent developed by the institute, and new business. Moreover, Amsterdam and its citizens will be the first to benefit from the new metropolitan solutions developed by the institute and its network partners. With its incredible infrastructure and environment, Amsterdam is an ideal base for this institute. The city is home to a solid innovation ecosystem, strong industry and particularly a vibrant creative industry, high number of headquarters of multinationals, and is itself an internationally acclaimed living lab a broad sociocultural diversity of citizens who are involved, open to change and proud of their city. Amsterdam is also an attractive place to work and live, appealing to talent, students and researchers alike from around the globe. The long-term commitment and co-investment of the City of Amsterdam will certainly catalyze the institute into becoming a worldleading answer to one of the world s most acute challenges. 15

16 AMS has the potential to create truly disruptive innovation in the field of Intelligent Urbanization. By creating a team of experts that is dedicated to the incubation and support of entrepreneurs that are seeking to translate innovative IP from the Applied Research organization into marketable products and services, the institution can become the engine of an ecosystem of businesses that will distinguish Amsterdam as the leading city globally for disruptive urban innovation. 2 Architecture and urbanism are being radically transformed by emerging digital technologies. As the discipline enters new territory, the way we teach must respond and lead innovation. Simon Giles Intelligent Cities Strategy Lead Accenture Prof. Adèle Naudé Santos Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning MIT The global energy and water landscape continues to shift and increasingly calls for new, integrated and sustainable solutions for cities. Through the AMS initiative Shell looks forward to a collaborative and real-life environment in which these challenges may be tackled with the brightest minds in the world. Gerald Schotman Chief Technology Officer Shell 16

17 2. Detailed vision for the AMS Institute The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) aims to become a leader in urban innovation, using technology and design to resolve, steer and navigate city flows e.g. water, energy, waste, food, data and people. AMS covers the entire chain from education to research to valorization, from discovery to development to deployment. It will be at the forefront of the field of metropolitan solutions, because of its unique consortium of leading public and private partners, its holistic approach that integrates engineering and design and the physical and digital worlds, and the city and its citizens, and its unique facilities, that include the Amsterdam living lab and a network of living labs around the world. AMS will foster a culture of engagement and excellence in engineering and design. AMS will be: 1. An educational program with a new, innovative MSc in Metropolitan Solutions that targets top students from all over the world 2. A portfolio of research and valorization projects/programs defined and executed by consortia of knowledge institutes and companies in cooperation with the City of Amsterdam and its citizens 3. A value platform that combines infrastructures (e.g. the living lab), knowledge and networks to enable its education, research and valorization activities 2.1 THE SCOPE OF AMS IS EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND VALORIZATION IN METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS AMS envisions becoming an internationally leading institute in urban innovation. AMS covers education, research and valorization, and offers a platform on which this can take place. It is centered around the concept of the 21 st century city and its dynamic flows, e.g. water, energy, waste, food, data and people, using engineering, design and science at the intersections of the physical, digital and social city to resolve, steer and navigate these flows. AMS will thus come to deeply understand the city, design solutions for its challenges, and integrate these into the city s metabolism. EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND VALORIZATION ARE ENABLED BY THE AMS VALUE PLATFORM AMS educational program, which is overseen by the consortium s core academic partners, includes a new, innovative, two-year MSc in Metropolitan Solutions, geared at educating engineers within Amsterdam. In addition, AMS hosts a portfolio of research and valorization projects and programs, defined and executed by public-private consortia that bring together leading knowledge institutes, companies, and the City of Amsterdam and its citizens. The educational program and research and valorization portfolio are enabled by the AMS value platform (figure 2). This platform consists of a physical infrastructure (e.g. research facilities, educational facilities), a data platform (access, storage, and analysis), the Amsterdam living lab, extensive expertise and an international network of partners and cities. The platform is set up by public and private AMS partners, and is designed to develop and strengthen over time on par with its use (see section 2.3). 17

18 OPEN SOURCE DATA RESEARCH + VALORIZATION WATER EDUCATION Thesis MOOCs ENERGY FOOD MOBILITY OPEN OPEN SOURCE SOURCE DATA OPEN OPEN SOURCE SOURCE SOURCE DATA DATA LIVING LIVING LIVING LAB LAB LAB FACILITY FACILITY RESEARCH WASTE LIVING LIVING LAB LAB LIVING LAB RESEARCH FACILITY VALUE PLATFORM START-UPS RESEARCH FACILITY OPEN SOURCE DATA LIVING LAB Figure 2. Overview of AMS By taking an integrated approach to education, research and valorization, AMS guarantees that: Talent is educated in issues that really matter and are connected to labor markets, both local and global Researchers build on the latest knowledge and technology, and by working with companies, governments and citizens the research stays connected to real world questions and challenges Results will be implemented in Amsterdam and exported over the world by existing companies and entrepreneurial talent 18

19 THE METABOLISM OF THE CITY Urban metabolism is a powerful way to describe and analyze the flows and processes in and through cities and city landscapes. In urban systems, different flows can be analyzed at different levels of aggregation. The lowest aggregation levels include elementary material flows and cycles, such as nitrogen management and carbon or phosphate cycles. For technology and policy, often a higher aggregation level is studied, including drinking water, food, biomass, energy, waste, heat, air, human traffic, transportation of goods, and flows of data. It is the combination of flows that unlocks the full potential of metropolitan solutions. Like the so-called food-water-energy nexus, acknowledging that flows are interconnected leads to their mutual optimization and thus to better solutions. USING TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN TO RESOLVE, STEER AND NAVIGATE URBAN FLOWS AMS focuses on the transformative power and disruptive effect of technology and design, resulting in solutions that have the potential to shape and accelerate the development of cities as well as their ability to respond to change. Such solutions influence spatial qualities, sustainability, comfort and livability, and in particular are used to resolve, steer and navigate the flows of the urban metabolism. Technological advancements in IT, engineering, life sciences and many other disciplines continuously fuel the possibilities for metropolitan solutions. These advancements are enhanced by data (and now, real-time data) and by ways to gather and analyze this data, as cities become smart with sensors and networks in a living lab environment. This makes a real-time model of the actual city and its flows possible. Simultaneously, new concepts in urban planning and design a field in which the Netherlands has an internationally acclaimed tradition have a profound impact, as the way we design the built environment on every scale will influence the way we experience the quality of living in the city and the sustainability of the city we live in. Only by combining technology and data with planning and design can truly new solutions be developed, ranging from adaptation to climate change and rising water levels to new mobility concepts and zero-emissions housing. Case example: City Dashboard for citizens and policymakers in Amsterdam A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives; consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance. (Stephen Few) Waag Society, one of the AMS partners, is building a City Dashboard in cooperation with the City of Amsterdam. This City Dashboard combines the functionalities of a corporate information dashboard with a visual analysis and discovery tool. It is an exploration interface for working with and making decisions on real-time urban data flows, e.g. on mobility and public transport, air quality, waste disposal, corporate and government spending and crime rates. It aggregates and makes visual data on the manifold processes that go on in the city. Connections between datasets can also be made to monitor KPIs, set and respond to triggers, and gain access to raw data. Citizens can monitor self-chosen issues and report on missing or incorrect data; city officials can see in real-time how the city is doing on varying axes and aggregation levels, what needs attention and how their decisions influence the city; companies can use it to conceptualize and build new urban services for businesses and consumers. 19

20 SENSE, DESIGN AND INTEGRATE AMS integrates discovery, development and deployment of new metropolitan solution in a cycle of (figure 3): Sensing and analyzing the city flows and fabric Designing metropolitan solutions with urban flows at their core Integrating these solutions into the urban domain, in urban planning and design, using the Amsterdam living lab and partner living labs SENSE The City INTEGRATE Technology Figure 3. Sense, design and integrate cycle DESIGN Metropolitan Solutions Sensing provides data that is fed back into the design and integration processes. Effective designs for metropolitan solutions generally go beyond technology; they involve the entire sociotechnical system, including social engagement, policy development and financial engineering. This secures effective integration of solutions in Amsterdam and all over the world by private consortium partners and new businesses, optimizing the valorization of developed knowledge and technologies. Case example: Criteria for sewer pipe replacement decisions, a TU Delft study in Amsterdam TU Delft investigated the influence of settlement (differential, etc.) on the functioning of sewer systems, with Amsterdam as the case study. The study identified new criteria for making sewer pipe replacement decisions more sensible. Like many large cities (e.g. Jakarta, Bangkok, Tokyo, Shanghai), Amsterdam is situated in a delta. As deltas are characterized by soft soil conditions, settlement is an important factor behind malfunctioning sewer systems. Application of monitoring techniques in Amsterdam (sewer invert measurements, sewer profile measurements, visual sewer inspection) showed that even within an area with a limited settlement rate (5 mm/year), the influence of settlement on sewer system performance is significant (blockages, fouling and FOG deposits) and to a large extent predictable. This understanding of the failure mechanisms related to settlement will be used to improve decision-making for sewer asset management. 20

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