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All in Resilient Cities
On the Oslo Urban Arena stage, I had the opportunity to share my insights on what cities can learn from human bodies to become healthier and more sustainable places to live.
This week I’m excited to have been featured on Tangled - a podcast about improving social and economic systems. Tune in now!
Three weeks ago, we kicked off an exciting new addition to University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) annual summer educational programming. ‘The Circular City: Towards a Sustainable Urban Ecosystem’ is a three-week intensive course jointly run by UvA and Metabolic, taking place in Amsterdam in July 2018.
Support the #GreenMapofAmsterdam – a beautiful tool to help adults and children explore nature in the city.
We recently worked with housing corporation Eigen Haard to identify impact hotspots and circular opportunities for their housing stock, the ultimate goal being a business model that is waste-free and regenerative by design.
Our project, Global Green City Watch, wins DigitalGlobe's international GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. We make it possible to monitor the quality of green spaces in a city based on satellite imagery, and use insights from this data to improve the quality of urban green spaces.
Last week, we submitted the beta version of Global Green City Watch. Here, I explain our rationale behind the tool, how it works, and our future goals. Ultimately, we aim to develop Global Green City Watch into an open-source application that local governments can use to strengthen their urban ecologies.
In the lead-up to the ICLEI World Congress 2018, a series of webinars is kicking off the conversation on urban sustainability topics. For the third webinar, I spoke about the latest developments with Global Green City Watch.
In this interview, put together by the School of House, I explain how festivals are ideal testing grounds for the circular economy, drawing on our research for festivals like DGTL and Welcome to the Village.
Last month, researchers, practitioners, and city officials were brought together by EIT Climate-KIC (Europe's largest public-private partnership for climate innovation) to discuss building green, resilient cities. Here, I review what was discussed and why nature-based solutions require an integrated, holistic approach.
This week it was announced that our project, Global Green City Watch, made it to the finals of DigitalGlobe's international GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. We propose to use high resolution satellite imagery for the monitoring of green spaces in urban areas worldwide.
As closed ecosystems with exceptional challenges, islands are the perfect playground to test circular economics. We worked with the Dutch island of Vlieland to map its resource flows and envision its roadmap towards becoming circular. Although Vlieland faces its own unique circumstances, I've discovered many of the lessons learned there are typical of the challenges many islands face.
In this short knowledge clip, put together by students from the Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering Master (MSc MADE) at AMS Institute, I explain how Material Flow Analysis forms the backbone of much of our work at Metabolic.
How do we create a truly sustainable city that takes into account not only how people live, but what they consume, produce, waste, and reuse?
If we let it, nature can be a powerful ally in tackling climate change. When applied to cities, an emerging concept called “nature-based solutions” (NbS) can boost resilience and help adapt to and mitigate the effects of a changing climate.
Independent from one another, the sustainability concepts of circular economics and nature-based solutions have gained traction in recent years as promising solutions to the increasingly unsustainable state of affairs in our cities. This is my philosophy.
Under the supervision of Dr. Francesco Pilla (University College Dublin) and Dr. Marcus Collier (Trinity College Dublin), my doctoral research will focus on measuring the effectiveness of various nature-based solutions (NbS) and exploring their place in the resilient, regenerative, and circular cities of the future.