Designing the city: health and wellbeing

How can scientists, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for health and wellbeing?

How can scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives best work on solutions for urban issues together? How can we create a healthy city with happy people? The AMS institute and Waag will dig into these questions and use design sessions to find their solutions during our three-part programme series, Designing the City.

Many cities in the Netherlands experience significant challenges in the realms of sustainability, food security, mobility and healthcare. And these issues are often so complex that significant collaboration is required between many different parties to find a solution. As a result of this complexity, the city is used as a living lab: an environment wherein all stakeholders can work together on smart and creative solutions to urgent problems.

But how does this work practically? What are the issues with this new form of research? Who are the people researching and developing these solutions? During this programme series, we’re investigating how new design methods and technologies can be optimised for research and experiments. How do you collect data? How does research lead to tangible results in the city? And what does it take to scale up solutions to create substantial impact?


The entrance fee for the event is € 5 (includes a drink). Order your ticket via the link above. The official language of this event is English. Programme and speakers will follow soon.

In our three-part programme series, Designing the City, the AMS institute and Waag will look at these and other questions. On January 10, we’ll examine health and well-being. How do we view disease and health? How do we create an environment that leads to long, happy and healthy lives? How do we organise our healthcare in a society where the government always withdraws? We’ll ask all these questions and more. At the core of these discussions will be the question of how scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, citizens and creatives can best collaborate on solutions for metropolitan issues.

The programme series is in line with the data strategy of AMS, which began with the AMS Datahub. With this platform, the AMS institute wants not only to record its own research, but also to make the research data and the source code publicly available. The series investigates what questions are involved in developing a vision for the AMS Datahub, what possibilities there are for the reuse of research data, and the involvement of data from smart citizen projects in the AMS Datahub.