What chances and possibilities lie within the temporary initiatives or ‘meanwhile spaces’ of urban areas? How can we enliven these initiatives in an inclusive way that offers space to a variety of life forms: people, plants, animals and microbes? For the upcoming two years, Waag will explore these questions at Amsterdam Science Park with the EU-project T-Factor

The challenge
Together with ecologists, artists, researchers and local ambassadors we will investigate how animals, plants, humans and microbes come together at Amsterdam Science Park. We want to unravel what kind of urban ecology practices are needed to enliven and strengthen the temporary use of urban areas in development, in a nature-inclusive way. With T-Factor, the goal is to demonstrate how culture, creative collaboration and wide engagement can unleash vibrant urban hubs of inclusive urban (re)generation. Moreover, these places offer space for social enterprises. 

Science Park
Amsterdam Science Park. Photo: Masterplan Amsterdam Science Park

T-Factor at Amsterdam Science Park 
Waag will coordinate the Amsterdam pilot from its outpost at the Amsterdam Science Park. Together with the local coalition of actors, we will use the Amsterdam Science Park masterplan as the starting point to steer collective inquiry into its meanings and narratives, experiment with different kinds of explorative and urban ecological practices in the field and co-create shared visions of future spaces and uses.

From there, we will host field trips, workshops, walks, symposia, presentations and public programmes for anyone who is interested in creating ecology-related improvement in urban areas. Take a look at the symposium Building as Being for example, that we organised in april 2021 together with artistic researcher Esmee Geerken.

T-Factor on a European scale
T-Factor is a European project that targets regenerations in a diversity of urban areas in London, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Kaunas, Milan and Lisbon, with a unique ecosystem of capacity-building for radically new city-making approaches.

Kings Cross Pond Club London. Photo by John Sturrock
Kings Cross Pond Club London. Photo by John Sturrock

Project duration

1 Jun 2020 - 31 May 2024




  • Anci Toscana
  • Lama Development and Cooperation Agency
  • Plusvalue
  • University of the Arts London
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Cultural Open Yourkolektiboa Association
  • Land Italia SRL
  • Fundacion Tecnicalia Research & Innovation
  • Aalborg University
  • Arniani Marta
  • Friche la Belle de Mai
  • Kauno Technical University
  • Nova University of Lisboa
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Technical University of Dortmund
  • City of Dortmund
  • I-Propeller
  • London Borough of Camden
  • City of Lods
  • City of Kaunos
  • Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Tongji University


  • EU - Horizon 2020 programme
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This project has received funding from the European Commission under the H2020-SC5-20-2019 call under Grant Agreement number 868887.

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