(re)growing the city

CrAFt Student think/do tank Amsterdam 2024

Would you like to be part of a transformative journey of urban renewal through gardening?

Let’s explore the intriguing possibilities of revitalizing our urban environment by (re)imagining the city as a lush, interconnected mosaic, growing green corridors that bring our surroundings to life. Consider the potential of each tile to contribute to a larger narrative of sustainable urban development.

Register now to secure your spot in ‘(re)growing the city’, the student-driven think/do tank taking place on February 29th in Amsterdam

Please note: there is a maximum number of 40 participants. Spots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The event is open for students from all levels (BA, MA, PhD), disciplines and cities.

When: 29th February 2024 from 11:00 to 18:00

Location: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam

What’s included: free event, with lunch.

Register now!

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

European League of Institutes of the Arts

Inforegio - Download centre for visual elements

Workshop Fabulous Fungi in Bluecity met Ilse Kremer

❤️ Op Valentijnsdag kleurt het BlueCity Lab rood: de kleur van de liefde én de toekomstige kleur van jouw witte kledingstuk. Kom 14 februari naar de speciale Valentijnseditie van de Expeditie BlueCity inclusief een workshop textiel verven met schimmels!

🤿 Duik tijdens deze expeditie in het ecosysteem van onze circulaire voorbeeldstad, ontdek hoe de ondernemers van BlueCity samenwerken met de natuur en ga dit keer ook zelf aan de slag in het BlueCity Lab! Op Valentijnsdag maak je kennis met Ilse Kremer van Fabulous Fungi en ga je onder haar begeleiding flirten met schimmels.

🦠 Ilse Kremer kweekt in het BlueCity Lab verschillende schimmelsoorten om zo meerdere natuurlijke kleuren te creëren. Wanneer de schimmels volgroeid zijn, worden de pigmenten eruit gehaald en gebruikt om stoffen te verven. Benieuwd? Neem een wit kledingstuk of stuk textiel gemaakt van een natuurlijke vezel; katoen, linnen, zijde, bamboe of wol mee en probeer het zelf.

Expeditie BlueCity
Woensdag 14 februari 14:00 – 16:00
€20,- Vol is vol! Boek je ticket via > https://lnkd.in/ejasuEta

Move to a new location

—> BIG NEWS !!!

We are now in our new location!

ON MONDAY the 22nd of January we left Blaak 4.1 and moved to Wijnhaven 01.118 (on the first floor) near the Dig lab.

We are now easier to find and in a better room.

Come to visit us!

You can see here the new space and construction in progress:


Electives October 2023 – Biobased materials

A new edition of making biobased and therefore biodegradable materials. It is a field in development where you can innovate and design new ideas.

This time, we had some inspiring presentations and students were free to experiment in teams grouped by center of interest.

It has been a very inspiring week.


Kas Houthuijs: Non-human perspectives

Anna Vershinina: ExoGardens: Designing Eco-Habitats for Extreme Frontiers

Discussion around design perspectives focusing on sustainability:

Some examples of the created samples:


Register before it’s too late!

Explorative Actions – Embodied Research 

Making Leaf Mould  

Workshops for 3 different groups on November 6th, 7th and 13th  from 9.00-10.30 am
By collecting leaf litter, we investigate the difference between leaf litter, composted leaves and GFT (Vegetables, Fruit & Garden waste) compost. What is the effect of the environment on the material, what can you use it for and how and in what can we compost the leaf litter on our rooftop garden? At the same time, we investigate our environment and human behaviour. We meet outside Blaak 10 

On Wednesday 15th November from 5.30-7  all three groups will meet in our Research Station for a joint inventory of observations and collected material and to start with selecting and editing,  and the presentation of sketches (maquettes) of containers for the leaf litter. We meet in WH 0.301 

Tutors: Wilma Knol & Sandrine D’Haene 



  1. Arnold, Catherine. Healthy soils are live-giving black gold. ScienceNewsExplores, Febr 25 2021; 
  1. Don, Monty. How to make leaf mould. Gardenersworld.com ; BBC, 22 July 2019 “00:01:28 
  1. Bladeren uit Rotterdamse straten worden booster voor het bodemleven. Open Rotterdam, 30 nov. 2021 
  1. Anne Geene, fine artists & photographer, made a book:  Geene, Anne. No. 235 : Encyclopaedia of an Allotment. De HEF, 2014.  This was her graduation project in 2010 at Academie St. Joost Breda 
  1. Crowther, Thomas. The global movement to restore nature’s biodiversity. Youtube “00:11:36 

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Prep Talk on Tuesday 10th of october 12:30 – 16:00 >>> Register NOW

Dear student! 

Are you the sustainable doer of the future or curious about the sustainable innovations of our time? This program is for you!

We would like to invite you to the student symposium ‘Mission: Transition: Prep Talks’ on Tuesday 10th October from 12.30 – 4 pm.


This afternoon is full of interesting speakers and activities. Marie-Joan from the Erasmus MC talks about the challenges of making healthcare and labs more sustainable, go on a walk with Eric for a hands-on session about nature as a source of inspiration for collaboration, or be inspired by Julia from Chainable about producing circular kitchens! And there is much more!


The Sustainable Development Goals Coalition offers helps looking for sustainable internships or talks to the Startup Academy about opportunities and support. Would you like to discuss sustainability and develop some new ideas for Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences? Let’s talk with GO HR!


You can find more about this in the program below.


Register now

Register here quickly and we will reserve a drink for you. Minor students have first access, so register before the event opens to the entire university,

Location & Travel

The event is in the Drijvend Paviljoen at the RDM Campus

Take the water taxi from Marconistraat to RDM for free with your student card, bus 68 to RDM Campus, or take the bike!


Team Circular Makers Industry

Eveline Bijleveld, Nicole Daamen, Caroline van Alphen en Merlijn Boer



Although humans have used natural colors since the stone age, nowadays the development of chemistry has provided colors with a large variety and stability but with negative effects on the environment.

Bacteria and fungi are natural new sources of pigments to be exploded.

During the Electives, the students got introduced to several practices:

Questions that the students reflected on for their assignment:

-What is the hidden cost of life of the current system?

-What does it mean to use life for your pleasure?

-How can we respect life while working in art and design?


Post on WdKA: Plus weeks

Electives – Biomaterials for Designers

This week of Electives with the Living Station will explore biomaterials as a sustainable solution. Creating biomaterials is an innovative and sustainable approach that holds immense potential for addressing environmental challenges and revolutionizing various industries. By utilizing biological resources and processes, designers and researchers are developing materials that are renewable, biodegradable, and have a lower ecological footprint.

Future designers will think about the whole lifecycle of the materials and how they impact the natural world.

The Kick-off will give the main information and the students will discuss a particular material that they brought to introduce a personal relation to the choices to make when creating.


Lecture: the non-human

Kas Houtwijk gave a new perspective on the invisible but so present world of microorganisms.



Speculative prototypes were realized after experimenting with some basic recipes.



Bikeisko: a Kaleidoscope for happiness with biomaterials and microbes



Ecofriendly tobacco-packaging


Throat clamp: a reflection around our fragilities (animal cruelty and environment threat)