What can Amsterdam learn from metropolises worldwide when it comes to accessibility, urban development or smart cities? That was the main question of The Amsterdam Agenda lecture series curated by Daan Roggeveen (MORE Architecture) and Michiel Hulshof (Tertium). On 23 May, they present the results of the 15 lectures by international architects, planners and scientists. Together with the audience, students of the Academy of Architecture and a panel of experts, they will discuss conclusions.
Amsterdam is flourishing again. Yet, there is also a lot of debate about the way Amsterdam is developing. Urban development is mainly profit-driven, housing corporations can't develop new housing stock, and plans to make the city sustainable are not generating the expected results.At the same time, cities globally are struggling with accessibility, tourism, multi-culturalism and sustainability. The last months, The Amsterdam Agenda invited international experts like Valerie von der Tann (McKinsey Global Institute, Berlin), Florian Idenburg (SO-IL, New York) Selva Gürdoğan and Gregers Tang Thomsen (Superpool, Istanbul) and Adam Frampton (Only If, New York) to share their vision on these topics.
Which lessons have been learned and how can we apply them to Amsterdam? Daan Roggeveen and Michiel Hulshof will discuss these questions with the audience, and a panel of Amsterdam-based experts from various backgrounds.
Architectural historian Esther Agricola is the director of the department Spatial Planning & Sustainability at the City of Amsterdam. Previously, she headed the department of Heritage and Archeology.
Urbanist Martine Vledder works as a concept developer at Site UD in Amsterdam. Previously, she was the Director of the MVRDV Asia Office in Shanghai.
Architect David Mulder van der Vegt is co-founder of the Amsterdam-based architectural design firm XML. Between 2014-2016 he was the co-director of the interdisciplinary research program 'Designing Democracy' at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.
Daan Roggeveen is founding partner of MORE, with offices in Shanghai and Amsterdam. Previously he curated the public program at the University of Hong Kong / Shanghai Study Center, which was the foundation for the book ‘Progress & Prosperity’ (nai010 publishers, 2017).
Michiel Hulshof is founding partner at Tertium, a strategic consultancy that specializes in public engagement and participation processes, e.g. in urban development and the energy transition. Previously, he worked as a journalist and China correspondent for Vrij Nederland.
Roggeveen and Hulshof collaborate in think-tank ‘Go West Project’, focusing on emerging megacities. They are the authors of ‘How the City Moved to Mr. Sun’ (SUN publishers, 2011).
Architecture Academy, Amsterdam
The Academy is an international knowledge institute in the heart of Amsterdam. The academy offers three masters: Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture.
Pakhuis de Zwijger
For more than ten years, Pakhuis de Zwijger is the platform for debate on urban issues in Amsterdam. Daan Roggeveen and Michiel Hulshof organized various programs at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
The forthcoming book on The Amsterdam Agenda - with the views of the participants of the lecture program - will be published by NAi010 publishers