Cities are key leverage points that demand our focus if we are to accelerate the necessary transition to circular and sustainable systems, both locally and globally. Throughout my educational work, I hope to empower the next generation of circular civic leaders and professionals.
Due to their environmental impact, cities play a crucial role in the transition towards sustainable societies. Despite the fact that they occupy only 3% of the global terrestrial surface, cities house more than half of the world’s population, consume 7% of its natural resources, and are directly and indirectly responsible for 60 to 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The urban environment thus acts as a nexus of material flows and nodes for energy, water, consumption and production. Cities are key leverage points that demand our focus if we are to accelerate the necessary transition to circular and sustainable systems, both locally and globally. I founded and direct this programme in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam’s Dr. Mendel Giezen. Students are taught how to leverage the potential of cities via a new paradigm for urban planning and design: urban metabolism. While this concept has been around for over 50 years, recent interest in it has rejuvenated the fields of urban studies, industrial ecology, and architecture.
Metabolic Masterclasses provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand and act on the most fundamental principles of sustainability. Led by our expert consultants, these half-day classes combine both theory and practical elements, backed up by live case studies, to give you hands-on experience so you can begin applying these concepts immediately. I established this offering of five masterclasses and teach “Designing the Circular Cities of the Future,” which draws on in-house expertise and local Amsterdam examples, to design, develop and implement circular cities. Check out our full offering here.