City-zen at WeMakeThe.City Festival 20-24/06

WeMakeThe.City is a festival that makes cities better. For five days in a row, urgent everyday challenges in the urban environment will be tackled, together with audience and experts, spread across different locations in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. With lectures, film screenings, expositions, performances, urban expeditions, games, workshops, expert meetings, conversations, labs, maker spaces, and an attractive and active weekend programme for a large and wide audience. For Amsterdam, the metropolitan area, European cities and the rest of the world. Read more about WeMakeThe.City here:

City-zen is present too!

Thursday 21/06

Urban conference: working together for new energy
(program is presented in Dutch)
09:30 – 17:00 | World Trade Center, Amsterdam Zuid

  • Plenary program | 09:30 – 12:30
    Keynote: Why is the energy transition necessary?
    By Andy van den Dobbelsteen / TU Delft en AMS
  • Vehicle-to-grid in practise | 13:30 – 14:45
    Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology makes it possible to use the batteries of electric cars as a temporary battery for households, offices or festivals. By Marisca Zweistra

Read more about the program (in Dutch): Urban conference: working together for new energy

Curious about the urban conference and want to join us?
1. Buy a festival ticket for WeMakeThe.City first
2. Go to the website: program ‘Urban conference: working together for new energy
3. Buy a ticket for the urban conference and sign up for the break-out sessions

Saturday 23/06

Ambitious energy efficient housing renovations – lessons learned (program is in Dutch)
14:00 – 16:00 | Huis van de wijk België, Hageland 119, Amsterdam

On our way to become a natural gas free city, many residential buildings in Amsterdam need to be retrofitted. In City-zen the most ambitious ones were granted subsidy. One of the residents who was granted subsidy to retrofit his dwelling will share his lessons learned at a sustainability market organised by municipality district Amsterdam Nieuw-West.


  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we learn by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

  • Our Activities

  • Expected Impacts

    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid