'Cities they are a-changing.'
Many of our modern challenges come to surface in cities and urban areas. One could think of climate change, the energy transition, circularity of materials and social cohesion. Cities on the other hand offer a great scale, resilience and energy to find solutions for many of these challenges.
Reflow is a three year research project funded by the European Commission with focus on development of constructive metabolic processes for material flows. This research will happen through different pilot cities in urban and peri-urban environments across Europe.
In the project, the philosophy and approach of the maker movement are applied to the development of circulair economy city models. The flows of materials through our cities and how to get a grip on them, are crucial topics of the research.
Pilots in six European cities
In six cities across Europe; Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Vejle and Cluj-Napoca, the project focuses on a specific resource stream: textiles, wood and packaging, housing, food, plastics and electricity. Through city pilots, data on resource streams are mapped and visualized, governance models and processes are developed, technology that supports sustainable and scalable implementation of such processes is developed. Across the majority of these tasks, citizen engagement is part of the research approach.
The role of Waag in this project
Waag is pilot coordinator for all six city pilots, and lead of the Amsterdam textile pilot. Reflow is a consortium of 27 partners. The Amsterdam pilot partners are: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Metabolic, Municipality of Amsterdam, BMA~Techne and Waag.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 820937.