YEAR IN REVIEW: CITIES 2014

Highlights of an eventful 2014 at CITIES! From Old Amsterdam Food Tours tracking tastes and traditions throughout the old city center to the launch of new local food logistic systems and a fresh publication, we were thrilled with 2014's progress and adventures.

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From Old Amsterdam Food Tours tracking tastes and traditions throughout the old city center to the launch of new local food logistic systems and a fresh publication, we were thrilled with 2014’s progress and adventures. Here you’ll find an overview of 2014’s events and discoveries:

FOOD INITIATIVES

Embracing, advancing and evolving sustainable methods of living, producing, consuming and distributing in relation to food is essential. At CITIES, food and its role in urban development is a central focus.

FOOD MASH

Food Mash was a series of meetups for people committed to a sustainable local food system in Amsterdam. Our January Food Mash was an evening full of knowledge transfer, networking, action planning and fun. At this event, we had goal mapping sessions, speeches from processors and food brands, a fast paced networking session, food tasting stations, video interviews, workshops, and more! The final event of the entire series was held August 17 and celebrated the opening of Cityplot’s new garden at the OpenCOOP. Discussion groups at the event allowed guests to build relationships around the common goal of working towards sustainable food systems in Amsterdam.

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OLD AMSTERDAM FOOD TOUR

With support from Stadsdeel Centrum, CITIES redeveloped a new Old Amsterdam Food Tour for 2014. After a successful first run of the Old Amsterdam Food Tour last year, CITIES began planning on an all-new Old Amsterdam Food Tour. With support from Stadsdeel Centrum, CITIES redeveloped a new Old Amsterdam Food Tour for 2014. This event, held in April, tantalized the taste buds and allowed visitors to learn about the food history of Amsterdam in the heart of the city centre! We were also excited to launch the new Old Amsterdam Food Tour Facebook page!

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OLD AMSTERDAM FOOD TOUR: NEW MAP

This year we created a beautiful new tour map featuring 10 local, partnering entrepreneurs who are visited along the Old Amsterdam Food Tour.

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OLD AMSTERDAM FOOD MARKET

In celebration the Food Tour’s new developments, CITIES partnered with Café de Brakke Grond to organize the Old Amsterdam Food Market in April, which fit into their running exhibition on the theme of ‘Labor of the Day’. On April 12th, the Old Amsterdam Food Market allowed visitors to taste, prepare, learn, and share, while enjoying the best local ingredients and workshops and tastings. Held in the city centre, the Old Amsterdam Food Market featured local entrepreneurs who worked with visitors to prepare food following traditional methods. The first-ever Old Amsterdam Food Market was a tasty, fun success.

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OLD AMSTERDAM FOOD TOUR GOES TO SCHOOL

As part of the food tour, we also partnered with local schools to teach children about the Old Amsterdam Food Tour and have hands-on workshops. Each Monday for three weeks, Anke de Vrieze of Farming the City involved local school children in the learning and spirit of food and food traditions.

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FOOD FILM FESTIVAL

May 9 through 11, the Food Film Festival was underway in Amsterdam. With a packed program and food-related workshops, events, food, films, and fun, Anke de Vrieze of Farming the City was on scene to present a Q & A session after the screening of Growing Cities. CITIES’ initiatives like Farming the City and FOODLOGICA are working with an impassioned effort to integrate regional agricultural operations with businesses, consumers, and food activists within Amsterdam’s urban food landscape. We were excited to discuss these issues in the Q & A.

POP-UP WEEK AMSTERDAM APPEARANCE

In September, the Old Amsterdam Food Tour made a special pop-up appearance at the final day of Pop-Up Week Amsterdam.

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OLD AMSTERDAM FOOD TOUR DINNER

On 23 November, guests were able to eat as if they were in the Golden Age with delightful treats from culinary historian extraordinaire Marleen Willebrands, who visited with side servings of stories about Dutch tradition and food’s influence on the city. According to historical custom, the Old Amsterdam Food Tour Golden Age Dinner was served in the afternoon. At 2:00 PM, guests were welcomed at MOES with oysters and 17th century music played by students from the Amsterdam Conservatory.

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OLD AMSTERDAM CRAFTS TOUR

Building on the experience with the Old Amsterdam Food Tour, the Crafts Tour was a time for visitors to link the past with the present and explore innovative ideas leading into the labor of tomorrow. Held in April, this turned out as nice event spotlighting historical crafts knowledge that inspired creativity of labor both now and in the future. CITIES kicked off the Old Amsterdam Craft Tour at De Brakke Grond. Tours and talks throughout the night gave visitors an interesting look at the participating artists and designers.

crafts tour

FOODLOGICA: A SUSTAINABLE DELIVERY BUSINESS FOR LOCAL FOOD BRANDS

Providing a clean logistic service using special-made electric cargo bikes, FOODLOGICA links local food, consumers and businesses in Amsterdam’s city center through transport that reduces pollution, congestion and energy use. In June 2014, FOODLOGICA began services delivering local food with electric bicycles. FOODLOGICA officially kicked off at the Solar Boat Parade’s Square of the Future at Westergasfabriek on September 14! Maurits Groen was there to kick off the event, where we were at our specially designed shipping container retrofitted with solar panels to charge the electric trikes. The following week, the FOODLOGIA system set up and began operating in front of Parkhuis de Zwijger for their Week of Energy.

As the year progressed, we expanded with more bikes, businesses, and sustainable transportation. Accelerating the growth of FOODLOGICA, we also created a new graphic identity and redesigned FOODLOGICA’s website. In celebration of the National Day of Sustainability on October 10th, WOW Amsterdam hosted Open Day Plantage Urban Farm: “Where gardening, art and innovative technology meet”. Designed for people interested in urban farming, local and circular economies, arts, technology and innovation, FOODLOGICA was well suited and honored to join the roster of leading local innovators. FOODLOGICA joined the Plantage Urban Farm event on this day to present our new use of solar powered cargo e-bikes. We were excited to be featured in prominent media this year and to receive inquiries from countries across the world about FOODLOGICA. We are anticipating the future success of FOODLOGICA!

foodlogica at pakhuis media

OLD MILANO FOOD TOUR

For Milan Food Week 2014, guests were guided along a walk throughout the Brera Design District where they viewed the city through the lens of food, discovering the political, economic and social changes that have been shaping one of the most beautiful areas of the city. This event occurred on May 17 and 21. We are now anticipating next year’s event in Milan! In 2015, Milan will host the universal exhibition: EXPO 2015 ‘Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life’, an event that will make the citizens and visitors aware of the important role of food, water and agriculture in their daily lives.

milano food tour

URBAN AGRICULTURE EXCHANGE WITH VISITORS FROM MALMO, SWEDEN

Farming the City welcomed an urban agriculture group from Malmo, Sweden on November 28th, leading them on a guided tour in Amsterdam to exchange urban agricultural knowledge. The group consisted of people from the Municipality of Malmo, local NGOs, a housing corporation and Malmo University. Specifically, they were interested in learning about the organizational structure of urban agriculture projects and the different models of management and facilitation.

 food tour malmo sweden

WE OWN THE CITY

WE OWN CITY BOOKS

PUBLICATION LAUNCH PARTY

In 2011, We Own the City emerged to portray the results of a research initiative studying bottom up initiatives and their relationships with urban development history in Amsterdam. After extensive research into contemporary urban pioneerism across the world, the project culminated in the publication of We Own the City. As the book features research on a mass global scale and the project gained immense momentum, a grand international book launch was in order. The book launch party, held on May 27th, engaged in conversation about community practices regarding architecture and planning and featured professionals from around the world! Read reviews of the publication here.

WE OWN LAUNCH pakhuis

URBAN BLOGGER COMPETITION

In the We Own the City competition, urban bloggers were invited to submit an article about their local city for a chance to win a monetary prize, the We Own the City publication, and a feature at the We Own the City book launch. This gave the opportunity for urban bloggers’ ideas to be heard and created a platform for global discussion on redevelopment of urban ‘ownership’ and practice.  We congratulated Olamide Udoma of Future Lagos and future Cape Town on her win for the article Bottom-up and Top-Down Support=People Centred Urban Solutions!

we own blogger comp

WE OWN THE CITY WORLD TOUR

CITIES designed an all-new We Own the City workshop for professionals this year and traveled the world sharing the ideas of inclusive urban development practices. These workshops met throughout the months of September and October, and were a major success! Stopping in Lecce (Italy), NYC, Hong Kong, and Taipei, the tour aimed to teach professionals more about tackling areas for new, collaborative development.

we own books

WORLD TOUR: LECCE

CITIES travled to Lecce as the first stop on the major world tour. As Lecce, Italy competes to be Capital of Culture 2019, CITIES presented in Lecce at ArtLab 2014, together with Pakhuis de Zwijger’s Egbert Fransen, to share and advise a new vision of contemporary ‘cultural management’. Read more here.

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WORLD TOUR: NEW YORK CITY

In September 2014, We Own The City launched in New York City. We kick started a dialogue better enabling citizens and city makers to practice inclusive, community-based urban development. Read more here.

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WORLD TOUR: TAIPEI

Fall 2014, We Own The City World Tour traveled to Taipei. Here, we sparked engaging discussion replete with local stories, bottom-up and top-down practices and everything in between. Read more here.

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WORLD TOUR: HONG KONG

As another part of our world tour, CITIES traveled to Hong Kong. We Own The City launched in Hong Kong 10 October 2014. The book launch was held at University of Hong Kong Swindon Bookstore. Read more here.

Watch a short film of We Own the City’s world tour here!

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LAUNCHING 2015: WASTED

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WASTED LABORATORY

WASTED dives into community-activated, local plastic waste reprocessing! In months leading up to 2015, we developed the conceptual base for the WASTED Laboratory. In 2015, we put it into action. Here, we will up-cycle plastic waste at the neighborhood level, putting into action waste’s local potential for prosperous and positive reuse of plastic.

WASTED FOR CIRCULAR CITIES

Aiming to link waste to circular economies and neighborhood social and material prosperity through multi-level collaborative, innovation-based strategies, CITIES presented WASTED at Parkhuis de Zwijger’s 7th Circular City event March 18th. The event that focused on our WASTED research consisted of sharing knowledge about waste in Amsterdam and exploring the issues relevant to WASTED, like waste at the neighborhood level and the linkage of local needs with the possibility of citizen participation.

WASTED DESIGN CLUB

WASTED’s phase one consisted of a five-day intensive Design Club January 12-16, focused on designing the WASTED Block. Read a complete recap of the Design Club here, and stay with us for more to come in 2015!

Created on 26 January 2015

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