Urbanisation, globalisation, demographic change, technology disruption and cross-border capital flows are changing the face of cities as we know them. By working together, the five cities of the Holland Metropole aim to make the most of these megatrends, to Ensure a stable, innovative and inclusive future for all their inhabitants.
The Holland Metropole region is super-connected by car, public transport and by IT.
It takes an average of just 35 minutes to move between the five big Holland Metropole cities, creating one of the most competitive urban regions in the world. The Holland Metropole is also super-connected to other European metropolitan areas, thanks to its central location, excellent air and road links and its digital infrastructure.
Innovative, sustainable and climate-adaptive development is central to the Holland Metropole strategy. Inclusivity, alternative energy and new forms of mobility are key to future-proofing our cities.
The future of cities is a collective engagement, with urban transformations being networked, crowd-sourced, and built on fruitful interactive relations. A new urbanism must be open-source, do-it-yourself and self-organised. There is a believe that these models of a networked society will inspire new forms of living, working, inhabiting the urban space.
Mobility is key in urban development, therefor we must make sure the infrastructure is there before the buildings. Holland Metropole and its partners are looking at the issues from from the perspective of all parties involved: developers, investors, locals and (local) government. This is the way to build a sustainable approach. There is also a need of ‘high-quality ‘ public transport with the purose of transforming older neighbourhoods into sustainable, healthy and affordable residential and liveable areas.
Climate Change and Energy Transition
Holland Metropole is fully committed to the European agreements for 2020, 2030 and 2050 and the Energy Agreement that was reached with non-governmental organisations, industries and governments.
All over the Holland Metropole region, new residential projects are being realised which focus on downsizing use of the family car. Shared electric cars are being given space in car parks, cycling is being encouraged and the importance of developing public transport networks is moving higher up the political agenda. It is all part of a government drive to reduce the impact of climate change, by tackling the issue at source. If the ambitious plans are realised, by 2050, no homes in the Netherlands will be attached to the gas supply. No new homes are currently being built with gas connections for heating or cooking and work on transforming the country’s current housing stock is beginning to pick up steam. The petrol driven car is also on its way out. By 2030 the Dutch capital Amsterdam aims to have banned all but electric cars from city centre streets.