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WASTED Block, machine and process design will become open sourced for the world to access, use and build on. At this stage, we need your ideas and feedback!

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WASTED Block, machine and process design will become open sourced for the world to access, use and build on. At this stage, we need your ideas and feedback!
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As we refine the Design Club’s findings into an Open Source Report, WASTED prepares the School Package to engage and inform local youth change-makers on plastic qualities, problems and possibilities. More and the lesson approach here.
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Highlights of an eventful 2014 at CITIES! From Old Amsterdam Food Tours tracking tastes and traditions throughout the old city center to the launch of new local food logistic systems and a fresh publication, we were thrilled with 2014's progress and adventures.
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Starting in 2015, CITIES’ new project WASTED dives into community-activated plastic up-cycling and reprocessing, starting the week of 12-16 January with the WASTED Design Club, focused on realizing the WASTED Block and the blueprint for a full-on neighborhood WASTED Laboratory.
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In number 73 of Pakhuis de Zwijger’s What’s Up series, Trash 2.0, CITIES joins waste and plastic practitioners to question trash vs. treasure, exploring up-cyling, dumpster diving, local community waste activation in Noord, and more – don’t miss it: 13 January, 20h00.
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In 2015, CITIES’ project WASTED dives into community-activated, local plastic waste reprocessing. In phase one, we will work with local community and designers in a Design Club focused on realizing the WASTED Block and the blueprint for a full-on neighborhood WASTED Laboratory.
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CITIES will be on the move in the coming weeks! Going to Lecce (Italy), NYC, Hong Kong and Taipei, we will be working to bring conceptual urban ownership into local projects, continually pushing for new urban development standards in the name of We Own The City.
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Issue 02:

Emerging Centers

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CITIES the magazine is looking for Urban Reporters
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Join the Block Squad – your opportunity to lead innovative sustainable material design (upcycling local plastic waste!) at the WASTED Laboratory in Amsterdam Noord!
Application deadline
30 March 2015
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WASTED is a neighborhood laboratory for small-scale plastic waste reprocessing, located in Noorderpark, Amsterdam. WASTED aims to be an engine of Social Design, where social benefits of neighborhood activation coincide with and enforce aims of setting new sustainable standards for product design. (Dutch follows English in text.)
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A global project aiming to re-institutionalize urban development in a more collaborative, innovative and effective fashion. We Own The City the publication launched 27 May 2014, featuring research in New York, Moscow, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Taipei, and interviews with architects such as OMA, MVRDV, NEXT Architects and UN Studio.
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Exploring historic food trails, tastes and traditions that past with present in Amsterdam's historic center.

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Chosen from a pack of inspirational speakers at Pakhuis de Zwijger, WASTED Project Manager Barbara Koole presented WASTED at TEDxAUCollege the 4th of March 2015.
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We Own The City launched in Hong Kong 10 October 2014, held at University of Hong Kong Swindon Bookstore. Find out more, see photos and watch short movies here.
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FOODLOGICA Joined WOW Amsterdam’s Plantage Urban Farm event on the National Day of Sustainability to present our use of solar powered cargo e-bikes.
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Fall 2014, We Own The City World Tour lands in Taipei, sparking engaging discussion replete with local stories, bottom-up and top-down practices and everything in between.
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Research into urban waste management
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Branding sustainable cities

Research into branding of eco-cities and their implementation
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Polycentric cities

Research into cities that have multiple centres of activity
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Urban agriculture

Research into urban agriculture projects and farming within cities ( )
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We Own The City has expanded into a global project working directly with diverse citizen initiatives in five major cities to collectively produce CITIES’ upcoming book: "We Own The City: Enabling Community Practices in Architecture and Planning"
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Urban explorations


When are personalised, experience-based routes going to be included in digital navigation?
Featured Article
Urban areas are experiencing change, including new values, expectations and practices surrounding how we interact with our built environment. Here, Urban Reporter Anja Wolf explores the potential for enabling more choice in digital navigation.
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Harare informal settlement
(In)formal Harare
Featured Article
Can citizen-led initiatives ease the friction between the informal and formal economies in Zimbabwe’s capital?
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Spotted by Locals: Insider City Tips for All
Featured Platform
Put away the tourist guidebook and check out this burgeoning, portable platform serving up fresh tips ‘spotted by locals’ via web, mobile and PDF.
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Precious Plastic
Precious Plastic: Dave Hakkens’ Localized Take On Plastic Reprocessing
Featured Artist
Plastic is precious, yet wasted abundantly. Dave Hakkens fills in where the big players cannot, offering innovative designs to bring small scale plastic recycling and processing into new materials to your own neighborhood.
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