AMSTERDAM2050: Urban Makeover on display

How will Amsterdam look like in the future?

Curious to see how Amsterdam will look like in the future? We'll discuss how the City of the Future can be imagined? How can smart innovations be introduced to the domain of architecture and urban design?

The group models (sized 2.1 × 2.1 meters) of the graduate students of the architectural design chair of Complex Projects (Delft University of Technology) are on display at the AMS Institute office. They represent scaled-down sites of the metropolitan area of Amsterdam – Sloterdijk, Zaanstad, City Islands, Schiphol Terminal and Schiphol Corridor – towards 2050.

The focus of this investigation has been on ‘growth’ and ‘change’: growth of numbers of inhabitants and tourists, and change of energy, mobility, health and leisure concepts. There is an extra demand in the City of Amsterdam for new housing and housing types, new workspaces, new infrastructure and urban facilities and for different uses and management of public spaces. The leading question is whether smart urban technologies and energy transition will allow us to live in cleaner and denser cities of higher quality, assuming radical transformation of the existing, towards 2050 and beyond.

By using Amsterdam as a living laboratory, the creative exploration is presented in AMSTERDAM 2050 publication, which aims to understand today’s structure of the City, to explore possible future scenarios and to speculate on new architectural types and new ways of living. Together this forms a solid basis of new explorations into the City of the Future. 

The presentation of Amsterdam2050, will be followed by a panel discussion with Pieter Klomp (Deputy Director Physical Planning and Sustainability, City of Amsterdam), Kees Kaan (Professor at Delft University of Technology / AMS Institute), Tanner Merkeley (Architect at OMA), Ebru Isguzarer-Onder (program manager at AMS Institute), Esther Gramsbergen and Manuela Triggianese (Docent and Researcher at Delft University of Technology) among others. 

A guided tour to the exhibition AMS MID-City models is also part of the program.

More information on the exhibition.


Join us for further exploration and discussion! Send your participation or enquiries to Manuela Triggianese ([email protected]).


15.30 uur   Welcome by Kees Kaan

15.40 uur   Amsterdam 2050 Book Launch

16.00 uur   Over Holland20 research (preview)

16.10 uur   Panel Discussion with the City of Amsterdam

16.45 uur   Tour visit to the exhibition AMS MID-City models

17.00 uur   Borrel

Made possible by

  • Urban Conference

Woensdag 19 juni 15.00 - 18.00
AMS Institute, Marineterrein Amsterdam, Kattenburgerstraat 5, gebouw 027 W, 1018 JA Amsterdam

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