Knowledge Mile – Smart Street

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Knowledge Mile is an initiative to create the smartest street in the Netherlands in the heart of Amsterdam. This smart street, the Knowledge Mile, lies between Amstelplein and Nieuwmarkt. In this area, a high concentration of urban challenges is located. Here, people needs to manage traffic overload, rain, air quality and a lack of social cohesion. At the same time, the Knowledge Mile contains a lot of expertise to find solutions for such problems. It is one of the most knowledge-intensive areas in The Netherlands with more than 60.000 students attending universities. The smartest street of the Netherlands is a creative living environment where everyone can develop, test and show smart solutions for challenges of the city. In the Knowledge Mile, we apply the knowledge of tomorrow of the street of today.


The Knowledge Mile community improves the quality of life in the city by implementing the knowledge, creativity, and technology from tomorrow to solve major urban challenges of today. At the moment, more than 52 partners cooperate to solve this challenge together.

The community of the Knowledge Mile consists of knowledge institutes, companies, organizations and citizens that work together to realize a smart street in Amsterdam. Together they use the Knowledge Mile to find, research, and test solutions. The questions which the community researched are coupled to the Challenges of the Amsterdam Economic Board.

Students, teachers, and researchers of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Amsterdam University of the Arts, and the Inholland University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam are a valuable part of the community.


To improve the urban living environment the Knorlwedige Mile community commits itself to challenges defined of the Amsterdam Economic Board. This way, the community stands not upon itself but places itself in a larger context to improve the urban living circumstances in the metropolitan area of Amsterdam. The five challenge for 2025 of the Amsterdam metropolitan area are:

  • Health
  • Mobility
  • Digital Connecitivity
  • Circular Economy
  • Talent for the Future

The Knowledge Mile community added the subject Art & Design to this list of challenges.

We offer a variety of custom-made programs, including presentations and personal tours. The Knowledge Mile is an initiative of the Amsterdam Creative Industries Network.

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