Entering a Living Lab

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In a fast urbanising world, cities and metropolitan regions increasingly face challenges of sustainability and quality of life challenges that put at risk issues of mobility and logistics, water and waste management, energy and food security, health and wellbeing. A new two-year master programme Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MSc MADE) integrates analysis, design and engineering; the physical, digital and social environments; and the city and its citizens. These challenges are motivating science and society to approach metropoles differently. Advanced metropolitan solutions are being made possible by today’s revolution of new technologies, theories and methods. But no actor or stakeholder can make metropoles move in one certain direction. Metropolitan solutions require cooperation between knowledge institutes, companies, governments, between cities, citizens and civil society.

2016 0414 AMS Institute LivingLab Amsterdam

My first day at the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions. Here, the new MSc MADE programme aims at training students to be able to identifying and analysing contemporary metropolitan problems and at designing innovative, sustainable solutions by making use of inter- and transdisciplinary, socio-technical research, design and engineering approaches. Students in the programme will make use of new technologies, enabling a much faster and accurate use of data on – the functioning of – cities and at larger scales than ever before. Analysis and interpretation of these data contributes to a better understanding of current metropolitan challenges and to an informed and grounded implementation of solutions. The research and education activities in the MSc MADE programme will interlink abstract theories and people’s real lives in metropolitan areas, using the latter as a living laboratory to implement and test socio-spatial-technical innovations. A great challenge!

2016 0414 Entering LivingLab Amsterdam

The master will be offered as a joint degree programme by Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University. The cooperation between these two renowned knowledge institutes enables the creation of a joint master programme that combines the technical and life sciences and the analytical, design and engineering approaches of both institutes. This is preceded by their joint research activities, and consolidated in their participation together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS).

The MSc Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MADE) will start in September 2017 on condition of approval by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences and accreditation by the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

background info:
TU Delft, Wageningen UR and MIT win Amsterdam Technology Institute Competition, published on 18 September 2013
MIT, Delft, and Wageningen to Partner on Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, published on 20 September 2013
Establishment of Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), published on 20 February 2014

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