Amsterdam Time-lapse: Welcoming 2015

Facing east over looking Central Station, this time-lapse video captures Amsterdam's early morning motion as the sun greets the day, and we greet a new year.

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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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The publication We Own The City launched late May 2014. Here you can read reviews of the book. This page will be updated as reviews continue to come in.
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On the theme of We Own The City: Enabling Community Practice in Architecture and Urban Planning, CITIES hosted a Global Urban Blogger Competition to catalyze the discourse through stories from more cities. One urban explorer won €200, our new book and a spot on Skype at the book launch. Read more here.
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    WASTED is a community 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.
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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.

    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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    NYC we own the city launch books
    September 29 2014, We Own The City launched in NYC, kick starting a dialogue better enabling citizens and city makers to practice inclusive, community-based urban development.
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    Research into urban waste management
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    Research into branding of eco-cities and their implementation
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    Research into cities that have multiple centres of activity
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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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    Spotted by Locals: Insider City Tips for All
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    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
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    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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    Hotel Spotlight: The Mira Hong Kong Speaks on Urban Contemporary Sustainability
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    How are hotels shaping environmental and social sustainability in cities? Here, we take an inside look, presenting an interview with The Mira Hong Kong, the city’s leading member of Design Hotels™, in thanks for their support of We Own The City book launch Hong Kong.
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    Florie Salnot: Empowerment Through Design
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    Designer and researcher Florie Salnot integrates empathetic research, inclusive design and waste reuse to co-create solutions that empower women and better people’s lives.
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