Tomorrow’s cities 


Cities used to grow by accident, ad hoc. People who worked
in the fort, the port or warehouses needed a place to live, eat and worship. Infrastructure threaded through the hustle and bustle—water, sewage, roads, trolleys, gas, electricity—in vast networks of improvisation. Around the second decade of the 20th century, things changed. Cities started to happen on purpose, and if we jump to now, cities are increasingly designed as a whole – as a living system. Technology like smart materials, sensors, connectivity and big data allow architects and planners to work more conceptual, systemic and smart. Cities become more environmentally friendly, liveable and beautiful.


InnovationQuarter is the regional development agency for West Holland. InnovationQuarter finances innovative and fast-growing companies, assists international companies in establishing their businesses in West Holland, and facilitates (international) collaboration between innovative entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes and government. In this way, and in cooperation with the business community, InnovationQuarter supports the development of West Holland to become one of the most innovative regions in Europe.

Cirkelstad Coöperation U.A. stands for a system approach to force breakthroughs into a continuing new (market) logic. Participating parties connect with projects, achieve results, share knowledge and implement results in the (line) organization to continue working a next time with new parties to create cities without waste, without dropouts. This market-driven approach helps to bring innovations faster to market and a business approach to scaling up the cooperation. Where the market itself does not take initiative, the cooperation provides (research) projects to renew permanently.

Program and speakers

  • 15:30: Walk-in
  • 16:00: Introduction by Fred van Beuningen – Smart Cities
  • 16:15: Expert panel discussion – circular economy vs. smart cities. 

Panel members:

  1. Laurens Groen, Milgro
  2. Rutger Buch, Cirkelstad
  3. Gertjan de Werk, Center for Sustainability and LDE
  4. Marieke van der Werf, dr2neweconomy
  • 17:00: Circular economy pitches:
  1. Francesca Miazzo, CITIES FOUNDATIONS: “recycling in Amsterdam”
  2. Rutger Sypkens, BAM and IBM: “Modeling the building environment”
  • 17:15: Open spaces – opportunity to discuss circular project challenges.
  1.  Martin Hulsebosch, gemeente Dordrecht:”the development of “de duurzaamheidsfabriek” and learning park towards an innovation hub”.
    1. Moderator: Jan-Willem, Cirkellab
  2.  Peter Pol & Ger Kwakkel, gemeente Den Haag: “Central innovation District The Hague”
    1. Moderator: Robert Jan, Plein06
  3. Peter Verschoor, Gemeente Roterdam, “innovative techniques for managing waste”
  • 18:00: drinks and networking

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