DIF FIlm Cities of the Future: The Link Between Smart and Circular

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  • Prof. Arjan van Timmeren, Gerard Roemers

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The urban development model of the future cannot be considered truly “smart” unless it is also “circular” - waste-free and regenerative by design.

In this talk, Metabolic and AMS Institute unpack the terms ‘smart’ and ‘circular,’ and what both concepts mean for cities of the future. Using Amsterdam as a living lab for circular city research, they discuss the role of technology in making our cities better, more sustainable and more inclusive places to live.


Prof. Arjan van Timmeren

Prof. Arjan van Timmeren

Scientific Director at AMS Institute

Over the years Arjan van Timmeren has played a significant role in the integration of the concept of sustainable development in the field of architecture, building technology and urbanism in both practice and academia. His research focuses on environmental technology (urban metabolism), industrial ecology, sustainable area development and self-sufficiency. Next to his role as Scientific Director at AMS Institute, he holds the Chair of Environmental Technology & Design, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology.

Gerard Roemers

Gerard Roemers

Senior Cities Consultant and Strategic Partnerships Lead at Metabolic

Gerard is a Senior Cities Consultant and Strategic Partnerships Lead at Metabolic. From this position he is, amongst other things, involved in collaborations with several universities and research institutes in the Netherlands such as the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and AMS Institute.

He analyzes the current metabolism of cities and regions (the energy, water and material flows within urban areas as well as the drivers behind these patterns and their impacts), and develops planning and development tools to transition them to a fundamentally sustainable state.

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