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Sleep city of the future

New York, London, Tokyo and Shanghai are known as ‘cities that never sleep’. But how are people in these hectic world cities getting enough sleep? And how do cities influence our sleep habits? What impact do they have on our life style and the quality of our sleep?


Sleeping well and napping during the day are essential ingredients for a healthy and productive life style, but often our urban environment is not very friendly towards taking a nap. Sometimes even outright hostile with pins and other obstacles on benches and other urban elements that could be used for napping or sleeping.


For the project Sleep City 2019 (Slaapstad 2019), initiated by the Economic Board Almere, we have prepared a lecture and workshop in which we researched the relationship between cities and our sleep habits. We traveled through history to research how cities and emerging technologies have shaped our resting routines. We also made the jump to Almere where we investigated through a workshop with the public what the sleep city of the future could look like and which spatial ingredients are required to make Almere a more sleep friendly city.


The lecture and workshop were held on 7 March 2019.


For more information:




Economic Board Almere


Sleep City 2019. What does the sleep friendly city look like?


Metropolitan cities promise prosperity and liveliness, but this comes at a serious cost. we are embarking upon a sleep crisis that is affecting the health and well-being of our urban population


Lovely proposals by participants to promote sleep friendly public spaces in the inner city


Rooftop, courtyard, square or waterfront? We presented participants with different urban conditions to test their ideas

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