AMS Institute

AMS Institute aims to become an internationally leading institute where talent is fostered, and engineers, designers, digital engineers and natural and social scientists jointly develop and valorise interdisciplinary metropolitan solutions. AMS Institute is centred on applied technology in urban themes such as water, energy, waste, food, data and mobility – and the integration of these themes. AMS Institute will develop a deep understanding of the city –a true sense of the city’s fabric–, design solutions for its challenges and integrate them.

Metropoolregio Amsterdam (Metropolitan Region Amsterdam): MRA-programme Smart Mobility

Metropoolregio Amsterdam is a driving force for ‘smart mobility’ in the region of Amsterdam. With their MRA programme Smart Mobility they are of added value to WeMakeThe.City. The festival that makes cities better is intended to be a thought-provoking and stimulating environment, offering the right conditions for the MRA network to foster innovation.


Alliander is a driving force in the future development and use of energy. Its ambitious aims require the application of smart solutions and extensive collaboration with various stakeholders. At WeMakeThe.City, a diverse set of challenges, stakeholders and potential solutions are brought together. WeMakeThe.City facilitates collaboration and discussion, fuelling progress towards realising energy and mobility transitions and a circular society.


Oostenburg is an idyllic island on the outer edges of the centre of Amsterdam. It has been developed as a new industrial neighbourhood in the city centre, offering places to live for the people of Amsterdam. The industrial labour that characterised the neighbourhood inspired VORM and Steenwell’s sturdy architectural design for the Oostenburg apartments. The strength of VORM and Steenwell lies in the connection of innovative parties that amplify and complement each other’s approach to development. Their goals are ambitious: the creation of new living spaces that not only provide shelter, but that truly feel like home in a bustling urban city.


The sustainable and responsible development of areas, buildings and homes is part of the DNA of BPD.
All projects are built upon the four pillars of sustainability: energy transition, circular economy, climate adaptation, and healthy life and living. Their ambitions exceed current legal norms. During WeMakeThe.City, BPD will share their hopes for the future of the city and the knowledge they’ve gained in working through the perspective of the four sustainability pillars.


During WeMakeThe.City, Deloitte will share their worldwide experience making cities smarter and more accessible. Their insights will be presented through the theme ‘Next Generation Cities’ during the Metropolitan Mobility Conference. Deloitte engages cities in conversation on multiple subjects like safety, healthcare, digitalisation, mobility and spatial design, driving cities towards innovative development.


Also a partner of this year’s edition of WeMakeThe.City, the telecommunications company KPN perceives the Smart City to be a Smart Society. People wish for cities to be clean, feel safe, and provide the opportunity to live longer and independently in their own homes. Whether you work, live or spend your leisure time in the city – a ‘Smart’ city is beneficial for everyone. The desires of people are a central component of KPN’s Smart Society. KPN strives to build a society that collectively becomes smarter by the clever and efficient use of data and ‘smart technologies’.


Renewi focuses on gaining value from waste with ambitions to be a leading waste-to-product company. The core focus of Renewi as an organisation is converting the usual process of incinerating and disposing waste to the extraction of value from it. During WeMakeThe. City, Renewi is a contributor to the exhibition ‘Wasteland’ by photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen.


As a partner of WeMakeThe.City, Waternet puts climate adaptation high on its agenda, ensuring the region remains resilient in times of extreme weather. This type of weather affects everyone. To preserve a safe, economically competitive and liveable region, we need to make sure there exists a level of cooperation between governments, project developers, real estate owners, investors, companies, educational institutions, contractors and local residents. The programme ‘Normaal Amsterdams Klimaat’ (Normal Amsterdam Climate) presents a new standard for a fruitful manner of working together.

Hogeschool van Amsterdam

The University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam (HvA) is an urban educational institution where 46 000 students and 3 900 teachers and researchers work in different disciplines and with different perspectives. They do this in cooperation with local residents, companies, organisations and (educational) institutions. Honouring their slogan ‘Creating Tomorrow’, the University develops creative solutions and sustainable innovations in addressing urban issues and challenges.


As a lead partner on the theme of circularity, ABN AMRO will share their extensive knowledge on circular architectural construction, circular trade, and its effects, to a wide audience. During WeMakeThe. City, ABN AMRO will research new ways of providing services in the city. How might products and services be put to use in an innovative manner? How can personal property be put to collective use? These questions and many more will be addressed at Circl, ABN AMRO’s circular hub located at the Zuidas.


Nuon, part of the Swedish company Vattenfall, is one of the lead partners of WeMakeThe.City. Nuon is actively involved in creating an appealing environment in Amsterdam and its regional surroundings. It is estimated that in 30 years almost three-quarters of the world population will live in cities. This requires innovative solutions for energy. How do we provide a comfortable yet affordable urban life for everybody, without exhausting earth’s natural resources? Nuon endeavours to be a supplier of solely fossil-free energy within the time span of one generation.