Dutch Smart City challenges - New York City Innovative Green Building, Industry Resilience, Circular Urban Development

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Clipper Stad Amsterdam bij San Francisco

Brooklyn, New York deals with challenges that resemble those in the Netherlands; climate change, energy transition, vacant and polluted industrial buildings, shortage of housing, housing prices, mobility.

This, combined with an ambition that New York City wants to become the most sustainable big city in the world, creates multiple opportunities for Dutch companies to help out in the present challenges.

At the Smart City Clipper Session on April 10th, Amsterdam and New York will share our challenges and solutions and find more ways in which we can work together and exchange knowledge to create safe urban deltas and build zero emission inclusive communities. The session is joined by captains of industry exchanging learnings on sustainable projects within Brooklyn and Amsterdam.

In Brooklyn neighborhood Red Hook, the part of New York most devastated after superstorm Sandy, Dutch architecture firm Space & Matter found a lead to redevelop an old industrial area, together with local parties. The plan is to create a floating, circular resilient community. There are ideas about an educational center built on water and also housing near a densely urbanized area. Creating a ‘living lab’ in Red Hook gives Dutch companies the opportunity to export multiple innovative and circular projects to New York. This case study that addresses the challenges of sustainable and innovative urban development will be further explored during the last part of the Smart City Clipper Session.

Udo Kock, Deputy mayor of the City of Amsterdam, will host the session. This Smart City Clipper Session is part of a larger 3 day Amsterdam mission with Mayor Femke Halsema and Deputy mayor Kock to New York City. Participants of the Smart City Clipper Session will also be able to join a number of other meetings and events organized in New York in the context of this 3 day visit.


9:00 - 10:00Sustainability ambitions of NYC and Amsterdam by high level city officials. Presentations from i.a.:
  • Udo Kock, Alderman of Economic Affairs City of Amsterdam
  • Nina Tellegen, Director of the Amsterdam Economic Board
  • Rob Koeze, Project Manager Water Resilient Westpoort Amsterdam
10:00 - 11:00Roundtables: How to build resilient and inclusive communities? with captains of industry exchanging learnings on sustainable projects within Red Hook and Amsterdam such as the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, PlusPool and Buiksloterham.
11:00 - 12:00Case study BlueCity at Red Hook: A great example project that addresses the challenges of sustainable and innovative urban development.


Registration for New York is no longer possible.

More information

Please contact Florentine van Boetzelaer for more information: florentine.van.boetzelaer@amsterdam.nl.

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