Very proud to be selected as one of the DJ100 2018! The DJ100 is a jury-selected list of the top 100 most innovative, sustainable young changemakers in the Netherlands.
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.
Taiwan is poised to help lead the transition to a more sustainable approach for the planet. Inspired by this, and building on my recent talk at TIFE2017 in Taipei, here I explore how a number of new technologies could help ‘close the thread’ for the global textiles sector.
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.
I established Metabolic's range of 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.
It is possible to redefine the current festival model into one that is inherently circular and regenerative by nature, but everyone must be on board. Here I share my top-five guidelines on achieving circular economy at the festival level.
How can Sint Maarten be rebuilt using nature-based solutions to address key challenges?
For Welcome to the Village, a music festival in the north of the Netherlands, we mapped the material, waste, and water flows. An analysis of this kind is not only an interesting snapshot of the festival, but a crucial step to take when transitioning to circularity.
The circular economy arose from the exponential growth in our population and the accompanying resource demands which are putting pressure on the planet like never before. We have, for the first time in our history, begun to cross the safe boundaries within which the world operates.