Want to build your own WASTED Laboratory? This report tells you what you need to know, while revealing new possibilities and value derived from plastic waste.

Want to build your own WASTED Laboratory? This report tells you what you need to know, while revealing new possibilities and value derived from plastic waste.
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CITIES moves to Noord! Relocating to Boomerang CASA, we have desk space available for rent to urban professionals.
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WASTED is fully functional! The Laboratory is now ready to reprocess and upcycle locally collected plastic into new objects, by and for the community.
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Get WASTED. Give plastic. Get rewards. WASTED teams with local businesses and cultural organizations to generate plastic-valued rewards for WASTED Neighbors.
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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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    Want to work with a community-based urban initiative? Here’s your chance: join our team in advancing a multi-faceted small-scale re/upcycling operation in Amsterdam Noord. Get WASTED us!
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    01 September 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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    The WASTED Plastic Night showcased innovative plastic initiatives, bringing people together alongside music, films, food and drinks to spread awareness around circular waste management.
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    April 2015 CITIES partnered with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm to give a lecture and workshop, spotlighting CITIES’ project WASTED in relations to principles of Ecological Citizenship in urban development.
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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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    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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