Inside Flows

Agile City Inside Flows

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Inside flows is an open source platform which analyses projects that use flows as a method to aid in the design process. “Flows” is the movement of energy, mass or information over time. By analysing systems of flows it encourages a new way of design thinking; inspiring designers to consider a sustainable approach to valuable resources and make sometimes unlikely connections in  processes. The projects collected can be anything from furniture, buildings, artistic interventions to large scale urban systems.

Dutch Architecture firm Superuse Studios (formally 2012 Architecten) launched Insideflows as part of an educational programme for INSIDE, Master of Interior Architecture in the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. The platform allows external users to be part of the network and publish relevant projects to the collection.

‘Buildings and products that integrate flows consciously are adapted to the reality of their surroundings and reflect the identity of place and users. This way, designing with flows often has social, economic and/or environmental benefits.’- INSIDE

At Insideflows there are 3 groups and 14 sub categories which can be used to analyse projects. These include –

-Physical Flows (Users/Traffic/Water)

-Energy Flows (Light/Sound)

-Value Flows (Data/Money/Culture)

Simple changes in flows processes can make a great impact to both the environment and the social implications of design. An example project from the platform is GRO-Holland, which uses an organic cycle of using leftover coffee residue to grow mushrooms, which are sold back to cafes. By closing cycles of flows (in this instance organic material) a new network has mutual benefit for the economy, whilst making a new community of producers.

Agile City Gro-Holland

Gro-Holland – using coffee residue you can grow your own mushrooms.

Agile City Gro Holland insideflows

Material flow analysis diagram – from insideflows


Further information can be found at –


INTERVIEW – Jan Jongert


BOOK – SUPERUSE: Constructing New Architecture by Shortcutting Material Flows.