2050: Smart city logistics





Amsterdam (NL)


Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie,
KennisDC Logistiek Amsterdam


Completed, published


APPM Management Consultants,
Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Logistics in the car-free Amsterdam

What does the city of the future look like? How different would it be from now? We think that most of us will live in compact, sustainable cities with autonomous vehicles. Through smart mobility concepts, cities will function differently, bringing together efficiency, comfort and urban growth. How will this affect our basic needs? To a greater or lesser extent, much remains the same: the future city is still the place to live, work and recreate. Goods are still been produced, packaged, sold and purchased. But how will these goods be transported if the city has become car-free in 2050?

Field Factors worked together with APPM Consultants and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences on  a design research on the spatial implications and  future scenarios to accommodate logistics in a car-free Amsterdam.


See the publication (in dutch)

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We started our research on city logistics by analysing types of infrastructures, spatial and temporal scales, freight delivery and spatial use, new and emerging technologies, and trends in 21st century.

In order to make an inventory on spatial impact of city logistics, we analysed four final delivery destinations with different typologies regarding spatial use. By doing so we gained insights into the relation in-between physical dimensions, the function and impact of logistics on the streetscape and spatial experience. A design-based research was the result of this inventory.


Amsterdam 2050: from XXL to XXS

Our vision on city logistics describes a more efficient and fine-meshed model, where volumes, frequency and means of transportation are adapted to the size and morphology of the city, supported by a synchromodal and dynamic network. By integrating Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), the capacity of the existing urban network can be enlarged. Functions can be incorporated by creating a flexible and dynamic infrastructure. 

Starting points for implementation:

  • Large volumes and vehicles only get to the edge of the city: cargo gets smaller and more frequent when they get closer to its destination.
  • Storage and transshipment is done on strategic hubs, created where two or more network types come together: water, road, rail or air.
  • Logistic functions are integrated in the functional program and spatial design of neighbourhoods, streets and buildings.
  • The use of public space by day and by night should be made more flexible and dynamic.



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