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New tours in 2017: Amsterdam Happy City and Innovation Capital

To kick off 2017, Sustainable Amsterdam is launching two new tours:  Amsterdam Happy City Smart, just, resilient, eco, creative.   These are some of the most popular urban ideals in the policy-making arena at the moment. But shouldn’t the ultimate goal be to create a city that makes people happy?  This is in fact what Amsterdam
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2016 Sustainable Amsterdam Year in Review

2016 was a busy year for Sustainable Amsterdam! We organized 36 study tours and presentations for over 400 participants in private, public and academic groups from more than 20 countries. A majority of these tours were by bike, which is simply the best way to experience the Amsterdam approach to creating a sustainable, smart and
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Creating a Fab City in Amsterdam

What is your vision of what makes a really great city? For me, the key things that come to mind would be green space, urban farms, bikes, and happy people everywhere (sounds a bit like Amsterdam, doesn’t it?). Asking different sorts of people –  engineers, designers but also artists and kids – to share their
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Greenery Goodness Part II: Trees in the city

This is a guest post by Jean Roe with photos by Thomas Schlijper.   As the days get longer and the sun heats up, the tulips bloom, and the terraces in Amsterdam become filled with people eager to embrace the first days of sunshine. I knew it was truly springtime the other day in Amsterdam, when practically overnight,
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Greenery goodness

This is a guest post by Jean Roe with photos by Thomas Schlijper.   As the spring weather gets warmer, the parks and streets in Amsterdam become greener and our moods get brighter. Many links have been made between exposure to green spaces and enhanced well being. People who experience daily doses of nature are proven
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Solutions to Food Waste

This is a guest post by Jean Roe.  Jean is in the midst of her BA in Urban Studies at the University of Calgary, currently on exchange in Amsterdam. Hoping to soak up as much Dutch urbanist knowledge as she can, Jean is particularly interested in learning and writing about food sustainability, lively public spaces
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Amsterdam Bike Porn

This blogpost is coauthored by Jean Roe and Cornelia Dinca, with photos by Thomas Schlijper.   The minute you exit Amsterdam’s Central Station, you know it is a bike city. The thousands of bikes parked in the three-story parking lot outside Central Station is an iconic piece of cycling infrastructure that has become synonymous with Amsterdam
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GWL Terrain: Amsterdam’s first car-free neighborhood

GWL Terrain is Amsterdam’s oldest eco-districts and a great model for cities looking for inspiration on how to develop industrial sites into sustainable neighbourhoods. In fact, GWL Terrain has already inspired the development of more famous eco-districts such as Vauban in Freiburg, Germany. The district was built on the city’s former municipal water board (Gemeente
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Nieuwezijds Kolk

Historically connected to one of Amsterdam’s oldest and most heavily used canals – the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal – this square served many functions as a meeting place, cattle market and as a loading and unloading area for beer.   As with most squares in Amsterdam, its primary function during the better part of 1960s -1980s was as a car
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Nieuwe Doelenstraat

Nieuwe Doelenstraat is famous as the site of the Musketeers’ Meeting Hall (Kloveniersdoelen), where Rembrandt’s Night Watch was first commissioned and displayed from 1642 to 1715. Today this narrow street in the inner city connects key destinations, including Amsterdam’s prestigious Hotel de l’Europe, the Grand Café De Jaren and the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Theatre
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