Our project started in the second week of FabCity. As TU Delft students we were not finished with our previous quarter yet. Some of the students managed to find some time to visit lectures in the first week, in between completing their previous projects, but we started with some delay and therefore missed some information. To make up for this, we got an introducing lecture by Rick Vermeulen of the municipality of Amsterdam at the AMS institute, to know what is going on in Amsterdam. Afterwards, we chose areas and subjects and we made groups so we could kick-start the project.
As nine TU Delft students, with backgrounds from Architecture and Urbanism to Civic Engineering, we are involved in the elective Metropolitan Solutions at the AMS institute. The AMS institute is a collaboration of the TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT and is set up to bring a technical based research institute to Amsterdam researching metropolitan issues. The institute was opened in 2014 and will start a Master’s program in 2017. We are the lucky students being the first ones to test a part of the program in the second quarter of 2016.
Introduction to Amsterdam
The first day of the program, we were invited at the headquarter of the AMS institute, in a beautiful overwhelming building which is part of the Royal Tropical Instituut. After we introduced ourselves and were introduced to our teachers Remon Rooij and Ulf Hackauf, we got an inspiring lecture of Rick Vermeulen in which he told us about the trends of the city of Amsterdam, the demographics and how the city responded to the financial crisis which nearly shut down its development. The municipality had to adapt and create a different way of thinking and planning. Vermeulen presented the new direction of the city: Amsterdam Koers 2025, through which we got to know the future plans and the interesting areas.
Forming research groups
After the lecture we got together and discussed the given areas and subjects. All given themes, complemented with our thoughts, where hung on the wall. We all made a top 3 and placed our names with stickers on the subjects/areas which we would like to explore. It went quite well and within a small time frame we formed two groups. A tourism group in the Overhoeks area and a circular city group in the Bijlmer/Arena area. We were ready to start and create an AMS and FabCity worthy project.