Category: Cities

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November 20, 2018

What cities can learn from human bodies

Our urban ecology consultant Nadine Galle recently spoke on the Oslo Urban Arena stage to discuss the potential of urban metabolism and the evidence-based interventions we’re…

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August 8, 2018

Staging a revolution: Why DGTL continues to dominate festival sustainability

World-renowned electronic music festival DGTL welcomes some 40,000 visitors to the NDSM-Docklands in Amsterdam North every year. For a second year running, Metabolic joined forces with…

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July 24, 2018

Circular City Summer School Week Two: Design and Planning

Week two of the Circular City Summer Programme at UvA saw students putting their design and planning skills to the test. Building on foundations from…

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July 19, 2018

Pillars of the circular economy: seven cities showing the way

By 2050, the UN estimates that 70% of all people will live in cities – up from 55% percent today. The pace of this change…

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July 18, 2018

First week of Circular City Summer School a great success

Last week, we kicked off  an exciting new addition to University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) annual summer educational programming. ‘The Circular City: Towards a Sustainable Urban…

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June 23, 2018

Amsterdam’s Circular Living Lab: What Organisations can Learn from De Ceuvel

If you hop on the ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to the city’s northern suburb of Buiksloterham, you’ll find De Ceuvel, a sustainability incubator that’s…

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May 4, 2018

Why we should focus on circular areas, then circular buildings

Circular construction is often associated with how we design and develop individual structures, focusing largely on the materials we use.  But truly circular development requires us…

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March 29, 2018

Urban Mining and Circular Construction – what, why and how it works

Construction is critical to the healthy functioning of our economy. However, it is also one of the planet’s largest consuming sectors of energy and raw…

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February 9, 2018

Looping the thread: Highlighting circular innovation in textiles

The textiles sector is one of the least sustainable industries worldwide, producing huge amounts of waste and environmental pollution. Building on our work in the…

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December 20, 2017

Thinking Circular: a look back at our 2017

It’s been an eventful year for circular economy practitioners and we’re pleased to have played a part in some of the fundamental developments taking place.…