AMS Urban Pulse

Understanding resource flows and dynamics in Amsterdam

Urban Pulse generates the knowledge required to build sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, and natural resources in the city.

A fresh approach to ‘urban metabolism’ can ensure that Amsterdam will be spared shortages of energy, water, food or natural resources in the future, and will reduce environmental pressure. This can only be achieved by acquiring a clear and precise understanding of the flow patterns of essential resources in the city. The researchers use a combination of methods and technologies informed by local residents, knowledge and industry partners.

Data of different urban flows such as water, waste, food and energy must be integrated and made easily accessible to relevant stakeholders. Only then can it become possible to identify options for reuse, cascading and synergies between these different urban flows.

Project duration
1st November 2014 – November 2015

Wageningen UR, TU Delft, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, City of Amsterdam, Waternet, AEB Amsterdam, Waag Society, Alliander and Port of Amsterdam

Marc Spiller
Researcher, Wageningen UR, Environmental Technology
0317 483344

Sven Stremke
Assistant Professor, Wageningen UR, Landscape Architecture
0317 484 236

AMS Principal Investigators
Sven Stremke, Huub Rijnaarts, Jan Willem van der Schans

Urban Pulse in the press
King gemeente magazine

Interview Sven Stremke (Parool 20 June 2014)
The Pulse of the City
Article ESG Yearbook (English / Nederlands)
Article Marc Spiller (Le 1 Hebdo #54, French)
Video Tegenlicht Meet Up ‘Metropolitan Challenges’

Voskamp, Spiller, Stremke, Bregt, Vreugdenhil & Rijnaarts (2016). Space-time information analysis for resource-conscious urban planning and design: A stakeholder based identification of urban metabolism data gaps. Resources, Conservation and Recycling.

Voskamp, Stremke, Spiller, Perrotti, van der Hoek & Rijnaarts (2016). Enhanced Performance of the Eurostat Method for Comprehensive Assessment of Urban Metabolism: A Material Flow Analysis of Amsterdam. Journal on Industrial Ecology.