Metropolitane, Energie, Transitie en Ruimtelijke Ordening (METRO)
The City of Amsterdam has ambitious energy transition targets: 75% less CO2 emissions in 2040 (Agenda Duurzaamheid, 2015). The city and the metropolitan region of Amsterdam (MRA), however, has a high population density (over 900 inhabitants/km2). This requires evidence-based and innovative research through design to accommodate the energy transition in the metropolitan landscape. This multi-year partnership between the municipality and the Academy of Architecture has three interconnected objectives. The first is to advance existing knowledge on the spatial dimension of the energy transition. Second is to strengthen the daily practices of the municipality by enhancing substantial knowledge of municipal designers on energy landscapes. Finally, this partnership gives students of the Academy the opportunity to work on real-world assignments. The 2019 research question is: Which theories, narratives and design guidelines can help realizing energy transition targets while, simultaneously improving spatial quality of degraded landscapes or unlocking vacant spaces in the densely populated metropolitan landscape of Amsterdam?
June 11-14th the Academy of Architecture hosted the first edition of the Masterclass High Density Energy Landscapes for Amsterdam R&D and CTO civil servants. We applied an inventive approach in mapping the spaces for the energy transition in the future energy landscape of Amsterdam. We encouraged participants in inter-team working and knowledge exchange practices among the different municipality teams; and turned them ambassadors inspired and trained in the field through mutual responsibility, joint inquiry and shared purpose.