Design Museum Adventure: Amsterdam, A Sustainable City


April 18, 2020
4/18/20 12:00 pm - 4/24/19 12:00 pm


2020-04-1812:00:00 2020-04-1812:00:00 Design Museum Adventure: Amsterdam, A Sustainable City Join Design Museum on this once in a lifetime travel experience in partnership with Bike & Places, an educational travel ... Amsterdam! Design Museum Foundation

Join Design Museum on this once in a lifetime travel experience in partnership with Bike & Places, an educational travel company, and with the support of Holland Innovation Network and the Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Boston. Design comes to life as we learn how Amsterdam solves problems, both big and small. Apply that newfound knowledge to real challenges facing Boston, MA and Portland, OR by talking with city officials, local experts, entrepreneurs, and designers. At the end of the trip we’ll engage in an urban challenge, using what we have learned throughout the trip as an inspiration to shape the future of our cities.

Contact Catalina Rojo Ianetta with additional questions, or to register | 603-785-0814


Trip Highlights:

  • Amsterdam, Leiden (the birthplace of Rembrandt), Delft (Delft Blue China & the birthplace of Vermeer), and Haarlem
  • Tour the Hague for an interactive session with officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
  • Visit a sustainable farm in Westland, where they use advanced technology & innovation (advanced climate control systems, geothermal energy, LED lighting) to grow crops without relying on soil, pesticides or water.
  • Explore Houthaven, the first large-scale climate-neutral neighborhood in Amsterdam
  • Experience Amsterdam North, a “living lab” for circular, smart and bio-based development; Learn how the smart grid “energy-cooperative” that uses blockchain currency to exchange excess energy between neighborhoods was built.
  • “This is Holland” 5D flight experience about the history of the Netherlands and its relationship with water.
  • Free admission to all the museums in the Netherlands, including: the Canal House Museum, Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt house, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Stedelijk, and Moco Museum.
  • Take a scenic bike ride outside Amsterdam, cycle along the tulips and experience the world leading cycling infrastructure that Netherlands has to offer.
  • Meet local designers & entrepreneurs making a difference in Amsterdam, from organizations like:
    • Fashion for Good: a platform for sustainable innovation in fashion industry
    • Space&Matter: an architecture agency focused on improving the built environment and promoting a cohesive society.
    • Metabolic: works with governments, businesses, and NGOs to transition to an economy that is regenerative and “circular” by design.
    • City Innovation Exchange Lab:  helps cities connect with their people and create Living Labs to crowdsource solutions in communities.  
    • Droog: a conceptual design company with focus on matters that affect society and its people.
    • Moooi: a design collective that does not tell designers what to do, but listens to what designers want to make, and tries to realize their dreams.
    • BYCS: an Amsterdam-based social enterprise driven by the belief that bicycles transform cities and cities transform the world. They work internationally to initiate and scale breakthrough ideas around cycling.
    • A City Made By People: an international network started in Amsterdam with the mission to celebrate and support citizens making our cities more liveable.
    • Taste Before You Waste: a social movement that pushes for a fairer and more sustainable food system.
    • Rainbeer: a group of Amsterdam’s entrepreneurs that turned climate change into a business opportunity. They make beer out of rainwater.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, November 1: $500 Nonrefundable Deposit Deadline  
  • Friday, April 17, 2020: Recommended Flight Date (flights not included in trip price)
  • Saturday, April 18, 2020: Meet in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Friday, April 24, 2020: Final day in Amsterdam, Netherlands

$3,500 Price Includes:

    • 6 nights at a 4-star hotel (double occupancy)
    • 6 x breakfast
    • 2 x Dinner (Day 1 & 5)
    • Entrance fee to This is Holland (Day 1)
    • Bicycle rental (Days 2, 4, 5)
    • Museum card with free access to all museums
    • A 100€ public transport card (train, tram, bus and metro anywhere in the country)
    • All activities and tours in the Netherlands
    • Please note, flights are not included in the trip price



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We recommend that participants be capable of walking a minimum of 2 miles over uneven terrain daily and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Bicycles are a common mode of transport in the Netherlands, and we will be using them a few times throughout the trip, all participants should be comfortable riding bikes in both urban and rural settings. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of programming. If you do not meet the aforementioned criteria and still want to participate in the trip please reach out to Catalina with your needs and we can arrange alternate accommodations for you (additional fees may apply).