Let’s celebrate our addiction to plastic! Join us alongside diverse leaders in progressive plastic knowledge and practice to experience, discuss and debate our shared opportunities for shaping a more sustainable Plastic Era.

Let’s celebrate our addiction to plastic! Join us alongside diverse leaders in progressive plastic knowledge and practice to experience, discuss and debate our shared opportunities for shaping a more sustainable Plastic Era.
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CITIES is traveling to Offprint Paris 2015, bringing the WASTED Laboratory and more to showcase sustainability in light of the COP21 United Nations climate conference.
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pilot report 2015 wasted
WASTED's initial pilot phase took place January through August 2015. This report evaluates the project's central aspects as operations continue and we transition towards a self-sustaining initiative.
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we own the city japanese
A global publication aimed at catalyzing more inclusive urban development processes available for Japanese readers. More on the book and CITIES’ supporting working methodology follow.
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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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    Looking to involve with a fast-growing, innovative start-up contributing to a more sustainable world? This is your opportunity.
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    31 January 2016
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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.)
    weownthe city
    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.

    plastic era feature
    On the 26th of January 2016, we organized an evening around practices, innovations and possibilities shaping our future relationship with plastic waste.
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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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    Think circular act local stockholm
    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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    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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    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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