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Transition talk in the Red Light District - IABR @ Ferro Building, Rotterdam

11 November 2022

The City of Amsterdam is facing a gigantic task: the energy transition requires drastic changes in the infrastructure that must take place in combination with regular management and maintenance. The energy transition is necessary to achieve the sustainability goals of the municipality of Amsterdam, to maintain the quality of life in the city and to accommodate developments such as digitization. At the same time, all kinds of transition tasks are also at play above ground: mobility, climate, digitization and sustainability each lead to claims on public space and take place according to their own (policy and social) logics and paces.
The task of synchronizing these dynamics, but especially the enormous transformation that must take place in the subsurface and infrastructure in order to accommodate desired urban transitions, is enormous. This is technical, but also largely administrative, organisational, cultural and institutional: where traditionally the networks were parallel to each other and as invisible and serving as possible, the desired urban transitions demand more adaptivity, smart technology, integrality, and above all management from the infrastructure. In short, the question is how we coordinate the transition rhythms above and below ground.
OOZE is contributing to the debate by presenting to the City of Amsterdam the Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) for the neighbourhoods of Bospolder-Tussendijken in Rotterdam, a research by design project outlining a step-by-step process which closes resource loops and leads to a more self-reliant and resilient neighbourhood. It shows the possibility of integrating decentralised multi actors and energy systems within neighbourhoods to achieve a net zero carbon economy by 2050.

Location: Ferro, Keileweg 25, 3029 BR Rotterdam

Date: 11. November, Friday, 09:30–13:00

LEAP - Local Energy Action Plan, Rotterdam


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