Workshop How to become a smart city architect?



The physical and digital worlds are becoming more and more intertwined while new markets like drone delivery, micro-grids, digital twins and 3D printing are now apart of the design process. Architects and planners who have shaped the city in the past, now need to share future city making processes with the likes of Uber, AirBnB Tesla and Google.

What role will architects play in future city making? What tools will architects need for these smart city design processes?

We are inviting the local design community to a hands on masterclass for “Smart City Architecture for Architects” on Wednesday 15 June 2022. We will show some 21st century challenges facing the City of Amsterdam, and more importantly, what a smart city architect like you can do to help solve them.




9 am Walk in with Coffee and tea

9:30 am Welcome by Indira van ‘t Klooster. Director of Arcam

9:40 am Introduction To Smart Cities by Tom van Arman, Arcam’s Architect in Residence

– What are Smart Cities?
– What is ‘Smart City Architecture’
– What does it mean for designers?

11 am Real world solutions from future city pioneers: 

– Future mobility (Amsterdam Drone Lab) by Vries Strookman

– Smart energy (Trends and Technology) by Adriaan van Eck

12:15 pm Bring your Own Picnic among the sensors
Tom van Arman shows all the data collecting sensors on the Marineterrein, and what we do with the data to improve the city

13 pm Amsterdam Agenda 2050 by Tom van Arman

13.30 pm Smart City toolkit 

-Amsterdam Smart City by Cornelia Dinca

– 3D Digital Twins on Amsterdam by Nicole Arcangel

– 3D Amsterdam and the METAVERSE by Kuba Jekiel and Daniel Doornink

15.00 Design session in groups

16.30 pm wrap-up, plenary sessions, sharing thoughts and ideas

17.15 drinks

18.15 end


Vries Strokman, Amsterdam Drone Lab
The drones are here! Vries Strokman of Amsterdam Drone Lab will show you the many user cases and drone tests being conducted on the Innercity Living Lab. What impacts will autonomous delivery or urban air mobility have on future urban design?

Adriaan van Eck, Flexiblepower Alliance Network
What does energy independence look like for Amsterdam? Adriaan van Eck is smart energy expert, who leads local, national and international strategies in the energy transition. Adriaan will show what considerations designers need to make for a cleaner, smarter energy positive future.

Cornelia Dinca, Amsterdam Smart City
For over 10 yeas, Amsterdam Smart City has been connecting public and private partners to their open innovation platform. Cornelia is an urbanist and founder of Sustainable Amsterdam that connects the people who build the cities of tomorrow. She will introduce designers to the program and ASC platform

Nicole Archangel, gemeente Amsterdam / 3D Amsterdam
Nicole is an information manager at Gemeente Amsterdam and project coordinator for 3D.Amsterdam – the public digital twin of the city of Amsterdam. She will demonstrate what this platform can mean for architects and designers in their own projects and processes.

Kuba Jekiel, Rijnboutt
Kuba Jekiel is a graduate and practicing architect mixing virtual and physical worlds. He will be demonstrating the power of immersive technologies like VR as a innovative creation tool for architects, planners, and designers.

Daan Doornink, The New Base
Daan ‘kip’ Doornink, Daan is the Founder and Director of The New Base – an agency specializing also in AR and Mixed Reality solutions. Daan will be introducing you to his Ravel platform where as avatars we can experience the Marineterrein in the Metaverse. Web3 and other cutting edge technologies will radically change we create and collaborate on design.


Team 1 – Amsterdam 2030 “Future Mobility” – In the near future our city center will be EV (Electric Vehicles) only. Today, cars like Tesla are testing full AV (Autonomous Vehicle) capabilities. Tomorrow Autonomous shuttles and many other self-driving technologies will to transform Amsterdam’s infrastructure, airspace and waterways. How will these disruptive future mobility solutions effect your designs, plans and processes? What kinds of mobility systems would you integrate in your projects?


Team 2 – Amsterdam 2040 “Energy Independence” – The Dutch national government is transitioning to a fossil free future. By 2040 all of the homes in the Netherlands will be gas free – thus paving the way to a completely electric future. With the emergence of micro-grids, fast charging, smart contracts / block chain, and virtual power plants how will this energy transition effect the way we live in the next 20 years? What energy solutions will you implement into your projects and how will these systems create a healthier, cleaner and more livable building environment?


Team 3 – Amsterdam 2050 “Circularity – Zero Waste” – The city of Amsterdam has initiated a bold new policy called the Amsterdam Circular Strategy 2020-2025. This strategy is based on a new economic model that is more ecologically safe and socially just. In other words, by 2050 we will have zero waste and consumers will become prosumers. The city is focusing on 3 chains: 1) Food and organic waste streams, 2) Consumer goods, and 3) Built environment. In this context and future of zero waste, food & water security, and socio-econoomic sustainability how will our city look? More importantly, how will our future city operate?

Who is it for?

This workshop is designed for architects, urban planners and landscape architects, and students from Architecture and Architecture-related courses.

Language: English


The workshop takes place at COWO (Commandants’ Hall), the new meeting space and work space at the Marineterrein.

Please find directions to COWO here.


Are you an architect, engineer, planner or builder? Please help take a 3 minute survey to see where the design profession stands today in the smart city market.

The answers will form important insights leading up to the Masterclass. With the Ten Burning Questions on Smart City Design we try to gauge where we stand in the industry today…and more importantly, what smart cities could mean for the profession in the future.

All answers will remain completely anonymous. If you are interested in the survey results, fee free to contact Tom van Arman via Tapp.


Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Registration is mandatory, but open until the day of the event.

Please register  via the registration form.


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