For the Urban Pulse project, Waag made an animation video. Urban Pulse is one of the kickstart projects of AMS. Urban Pulse generates the knowledge required to build sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, and natural resources in the city.
A fresh approach to ‘urban metabolism’ can ensure that Amsterdam will be spared shortages of energy, water, food or natural resources in the future, and will reduce environmental pressure. This can only be achieved by acquiring a clear and precise understanding of the flow patterns of essential resources in the city. The researchers use a combination of methods and technologies informed by local residents, knowledge and industry partners.
Data of different urban flows such as water, waste, food and energy must be integrated and made easily accessible to relevant stakeholders. Only then can it become possible to identify options for reuse, cascading and synergies between these different urban flows.
The animation had been made by Martin Risseeuw (visuals) and Laurie Skelton (voice-over), commissioned by NRGlab, one of the partners in Urban Pulse. The animation focuses on the consumption of bottled drinking water as a means to reveal some of the complexities of the urban metabolism from source to sink.