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The shift to a circular economy and sustainable society asks for a transition in cities. Instead of a place for consuming, the city of the future is a resilient system, embedded in its environment, in which loops are closed and waste equals food. This challenge is the perfect opportunity for innovation. Can we use roofs to produce food or grow natural materials? Can waste stations in the city become new public spaces? Can we design infrastructure that connects both people and nature and increases biodiversity?

In the Inclusive City Hub we look for fresh ideas that connect this (technical) ambition to the inhabitants of the city. How can we develop these innovations in an inclusive way, starting from the energy of individuals and making use of existing local initiatives? How do we use this transition to connect people?

Case study - CID The Hague

The Central Innovation District (CID) in Den Haag is the area between the three most important train stations; Den Haag Central, Laan van NOI and Holland Spoor. Because this area is easy to reach, it is a great place for businesses to settle. At the moment, however, both the building stock and general spatial organization is outdated – large empty buildings and outworn social housing form a problem and the public space is of varying quality. This is a problem as well as an opportunity to now redevelop more sustainably. The mission of the CID is to do this in a completely circular way.

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Tjerk Wobbes

Ir. Tjerk Wobbes