Snapshots from our Circular City summer school

Thirty students from nineteen countries, from 20 to 63 years young, from architects to ecologists to policymakers, joined us for three intense weeks we won't soon forget.

During the programme, our students became well-versed in the concept of urban metabolism, analysed the city by its "material flows", and learned to connect the flows to build a truly sustainable city.  After being immersed in Amsterdam, our students are now equipped with the right tools and knowledge base to return to their home cities, step up to the challenge, and transform their cities - from linear to circular systems.

To top it all off, we were honoured to welcome Gemeente Amsterdam's brand new alderman for spatial development and sustainability, Marieke van Doorninck, at our closing ceremony where students shared their vision of the circular city.

A huge thank you to my co-directors Mendel Giezen and Gerard Roemers, the whole University of Amsterdam summer programmes office, and all our students, for making a huge dream come to life. For now, time to reflect and start planning the #MakeCitiesCircular reunion!

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Week one of our 'Circular City' summer programme with the University of Amsterdam. 30 students, 19 nationalities, 5 continents. A variety of academic backgrounds, occupations, specialisations and, of course, personalities. And yet one common aim and interest: the transition toward a sustainable urban ecosystem. Student Ludovica Viva shares her thoughts on the first week of urban exploring and inspiring lectures here.  


Week two of the University of Amsterdam 'Circular City' summer programme saw students putting their design & planning skills to the test! In a jam-packed week of lectures & field trips, the group learned about using creativity & innovation to produce a circular vision. Student Ludovica Viva shares the ins and outs here


Week three saw the first year of the Circular City Summer School, jointly run by UvA and Metabolic, come to a close. The final week of the course was all about circularity implementation: where theory meets practice, and where creative solutions are needed to transform a vision into reality. Inspired by their learnings, students shared impressive presentations in the course closing ceremony – and to top it off, took to the Amsterdam canals. Student Ludovica Viva reflects on her experiences here.  

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