Water is the necessary resource for life. Human settlements have always been dependent upon access to clean water and its relative scarcity – freshwater makes up only 2.5% of water available on the earth – has awarded it the name ‘blue gold’. If world population increases as expected, hitting the 9 billion threshold by 2050, will water resources be sufficient?
Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia addresses a range of aspects of integrating green in dense urban spaces such as livability of cities, climate adaptation, mitigating of the heat island effect, water sensitive urban design, biodiversity, and urban food production.
With a special focus on innovative solutions for integrating green in buildings, Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia develops concepts for greening the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy’s courtyard VOID.
Supported by digital technology, we are experiencing today a shift in economic transactions and thus social relationships. Access to goods is replacing ownership. Traditional commodity producers are transforming into services providers. Community-based online services provide information, enabling the optimization of resources and facilitating peer-to-peer transactions.
Sharing Economy is a common notion describing this ongoing fundamental transformation of our economies and societies, other terms being Collaborative Consumption, Peer-to-Peer Economy, Access Economy or On-Demand Economy.
From “Smart Citizen” to “Smart City Governance”. Embassy Lab Smart City Governance creates a platform for the exchange and creation of ideas between government officials and experts from the Netherlands and Germany. Embassy Lab connects to Urban Agenda the focus of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2016.
Embassy Lab MOBILITY+ addresses the huge technological push, summarized under “Smart City” that is drastically transforming our environment. Embassy Lab MOBILITY+ develops concepts on how creative professionals can contribute to social innovation. It investigates how creative industries can contribute to the responsible and sustainable development of social processes and services such as service design, smart tourism, smart retail, healthy and smart city.
Embassy Lab CRISIS design innovates in/for situations of upheaval and for communities in need of new infrastructures for everyday life. Embassy Lab CRISIS design showcases environmental and sustainable projects for unpredictable changes in climates, and/or dealing with migration and mobility as an effect of globalization and political unrest.
Embassy Lab co-OPERATIVE was a one-day program for the Berlin visit of the Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, February 23rd 2015. Next to his meeting with the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Barbara Hendricks, Minister Plasterk visited Berlin urban initiatives, cooperatives and participation movements to discuss the potential of urban co-creation.