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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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Setting the Urban Agenda: 2016 Study Programs

Amsterdam is internationally recognized for its high quality urban development.  In the first half of 2016, Amsterdam will take a leading role in shaping the future of cities while hosting the EU Presidency.   The key goal is to adopt a declaration creating an European Urban Agenda with a focus on air quality, housing, urban
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Transport Day at COP21: Time for a new vision?

Last month I spent some time with transport professionals in Paris at COP21 for Transport Day.  Here are my thoughts on the event and the way forward. Why transport matters Transport already accounts for a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is the fastest growing consumer of fossil fuels worldwide.  Much of this growth
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