Transition Town Nijmegen

Economics Italian Class S5

Credits: Prof. Leggenda

What is a Transition Town?

  • Change from linear economic path to Circular Economy
  • Increase in sustainability, thus reducing waste and pollution
  • Climate change and the urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (resources aren’t infinite)
  • A movement of communities coming together to rethink and rebuild towns
  • The idea arose in Totnes, England

Circular House

Communal residencies

  • Houses made of clay and hay
  • Sewage system
  • Shared washing machines
  • Shared bedrooms, meal places
  • Different view on life, relationships between people
  • Big age differences to pass the stories/knowledge on to the young from the elderly
  • Houses layed out in a “circle" type format

Tim and the Gang


  • A unique and different self-sustainable lifestyle
  • Group of graduates that wanted to improve their living habits
  • Initially they had legal problems and had to move
  • Radical version of a transition

Aspects of the sustainable way of living

  • Their own heating, filtration, electricity, bathrooms, compost
  • Reusing old materials for their homes
  • Holding festivals and concerts
  • Community and family aspect
  • “Moveable” town

Repair cafe

  • Cecile from TT Nijmegen was the founder of the Repair café in Nijmegen
  • She was inspired by the Repair Cafe in Amsterdam
  • Worldwide organisation
  • 9 in Nijmegen now
  • Repair household goods
  • Prevents throwing away
  • People can learn how to fix thier own things and prevent future problems
  • Free and social

Bikes in Nijmegen

  • Bikes : People = 2:1
  • Huge network of bike paths
  • Separate paths for bikes
  • Preference of bikes to cars by most people

Bikes in Nijmegen

  • Cheap bike rentals
  • An artisanal shop that handcrafts unique bikes, and has a function eg. rubbish collection
  • Use of bike for transport of goods


Carpentry firm

  • Run by a man who had ADHD
    and was addicted to drugs
  • Gives work to troubled teens ,
    and people with bad pasts.
  • Solidarity


  • Reutilisation of old mill
  • Production of organic flower
  • Use of natural power
  • Stable business with support from the locals

Dinner at the Community Center

  • Social interactions between students and locals
  • Volunteer work
  • Vegetarian food grown locally in Nijmegen
  • A place where elders can come together and spend time together
  • Good hospitality


  • We visited the Transition Town because we wanted to experience different lifestyles
  • Resources aren’t infinite and we need to find solutions
  • Respect, balance
  • Concentrates on economic crisis, global warming but also social relations
  • Good be one alternative to our world problems and is a step closer to a more green future
  • Transition Towns bring people together and make them reflect on solutions to make a difference in the world

Thanks to:

Karla and Cecile, our guides and Prof. Paliaga for such a grand experience

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