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Amsterdam: A Master Plan for a Smart City

Name: Amsterdam: A Master Plan for a Smart City

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Issuing Organisation: Future Cities Amsterdam

Country: The Netherlands

Language: English

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Availability: Free to Access

Type: Introduction to Master Plan/Web Page

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Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Built Environment and Outdoor Spaces  Health and Wellbeing  Travel, Transport, and Mobility 

Intended Audiences: Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies


Amsterdam is experiencing a population boom due to its draw as a progressive and central urban hub in the European knowledge economy. According to the Amsterdam City Council, as many as 150,000 inhabitants are expected to migrate into the city between now and 2040. This can place great burdens on a city—economically, physically and socially—if city planners don’t develop an all-encompassing city master plan to prepare for that influx of new people.

Central Amsterdam is already busting at the seams due to its tight geographic footprint rimming the city’s famous canals. Adding to the population surge, according to MasterCard’s 2015 Global Destination Cities Index, Amsterdam welcomes the fifth highest number of international passengers in Europe to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

In order for Amsterdam to expand intelligently, the Amsterdam City Council developed the comprehensive new Structural Vision Amsterdam 2040 city master plan, integrating innovative urban design and neighborhood rejuvenation strategies, myriad smart technology systems, and more advanced mobility options for residents and visitors. The overarching goal is to densify existing communities and build new suburban business, commercial and residential districts that maximize space as efficiently as possible within the A10 ring road encircling the city.

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: Medium

Older Person Specific: No

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