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Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, 211-213, Waterlooplein, 1011 PG Amsterdam, NL

Up to 30 master-students and graduates from the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Architecture History, Sociology, Anthropology, Political and Cultural Studies and other related fields. Minimum of 15 participants required.
International workshop

19-26 of October 2019

The Workshop in Amsterdam marks the start of the "Creating Homes for Tomorrow" program, offering an 8-day intensive introduction into the local housing. Together with an international group of participants and a multidisciplinary team of mentors and experts, we design solutions and strategies for future housing trajectories in the city of Amsterdam: Nieuw West — which experienced a housing boom that gave rise to the characteristic modernist housing blocks. The workshop takes place from 19 to 26 of October and is hosted by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
Not only is Amsterdam the main touristic attractor in the Netherlands, it also has shown the fastest population growth rate among major Dutch cities in the last decade, leading to increasing housing prices. This upward spiral in connection with privatization processes in the housing market affects constant migration of people within the city. To work against the continuation of segregation processes in Dutch cities, a reform for new housing development was determined, fixing percentages for social and rental flats for new housing development, bringing up new questions for stakeholders how future housing could be provided. During the workshop, we work in a team. We explore constraints of housing development, conceptualize
strategies and design homes for tomorrow for Amsterdam. We understand the local conditions like ownership structures, policies and stakeholders influencing production and quality of housing in Amsterdam and explore how global trends like societal changes, virtual communication and environmental change influence the way we live. Based on this, we conceptualize and design future-oriented scenarios for housing with different focuses and scales: the socio-economic aspects defining the framework for development, the neighborhood as a living environment, the building block as a unit for living in a community, and the building itself as an expression of lifestyles.
'Nieuw West' (called Westelijke Tuinsteden) is one of the largest housing project districts that was realized in the fifties and sixties, which gave rise to some of the more characteristic modernist housing blocks in the city. The neighborhood is characterized by a high portion of social housing (three quarter of the build area), unemployment, accumulation of poverty and high percentage of immigrants who live with limited income.The housing stock is considered an essential factor in influencing the neighborhood.
The "Amsterdam 2030+" city development strategy intends with the allocation of up to 60% additional housing, together with the expansion of the business cluster surrounding the station, a remarkable densification for the area and brings up identity questions for the future of the district. We visit "Nieuw West" flagship projects of the initial social housing structure, as well as newly developed, renovated areas which try to improve housing and the living conditions of the neighborhood.
Photograph: Dingena Mol
Photo source : Egbert de Vries, Eric Nagengast / Housing corporation Rochdale

During the workshop, we learn from the experience of two flagship housing projects in Amsterdam:

DeFlatKleiburg guided by NL Architects — is a perfect example of re-using of the modernist housing structure transformed into self-building concepts "zelfbouw". It marks a strong shift in how Amsterdam develops its housing stock;

    IJburg designed and conceived by the municipality of Amsterdam in partnership with institutional developers, is the last exemplary of big-scale development in the city.

    During each visit, we interact directly with the authors and stakeholders of a given project: architects, initiators, inhabitants, city representatives.

    NL Architects and XVW Architectuur's deFlat Wins 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Photographs: Marcel van der Burg
    ІJburg. Photo source.


    We attend input lectures and evening social events featuring guests and speakers from the following institutions:

    CANactions School, NL Architects, Think Tank, The Amsterdam Federal Housing Associations (AFWC), Failed Architecture, Department of Physical Planning and Sustainability - City of Amsterdam
    Mirjam Niemeyer is an architect, urban designer and founding partner at Helsinki Zürich Office which was established in 2010. The office has branches in Zurich and Helsinki. Mirjam works as a designer and researcher in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning in an international context and has won several international prizes for architectural and urban design projects.

    Mirjam has been a visiting professor at the PBSA Düsseldorf and assistant professor at the Institute of Urban Design at Prof. Kees Christiaanse at the ETH Zurich, where she led and conducted the "s5-city project", an urban research and design project about the agglomeration of Zurich. She has tutored several international workshops and published internationally. Mirjam is a member of the Advisory Board of CANactions School and has curated and mentoredCANactions School educational programs since 2016.
    Romea Muryń is a Polish architect and urban planner. After receiving her master's degree from West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland and her bachelor's degree from the School of Design and Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark she worked for 8 years as an architect in leading design practices—JDS, COBE, REX, BIG and OMA.

    Romea also successfully completed the postgraduate programme 'Hybrid Urbanism' at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and worked as a leading architect and urban strategist at KB Strelka, Moscow, Russia, taking part in the projects 'My Street' large-scale urban renovation program and, 'Key Public Spaces: Improvement in 40 Cities of Russia'. Romea was an adjunct Professor at INDA International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is co-founder of the studio Locument, established in 2015
    Fani Kostourou is an architect, urban designer and academic. Trained at the National Technical University of Athens, she holds a MAS in Urban Design from ETH Zürich and an MRes in Spatial Design from University College London. In 2017, she joined the MIT Department of Architecture and Computation as a visiting researcher and participated in the Future Architecture Platform. Fani currently finishes her PhD research at the Bartlett, teaches at the Welsh School of Architecture and works as a researcher at Theatrum Mundi.
    Konstantinos Pantazis is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at ColumbiaGSAPP. He founded Point Supreme with Marianna Rentzou in 2008 after working in London, Rotterdam, Brussels and Tokyo (OMA, MVRDV, 51N4E, Jun Aoki). In 2015 Athens Projects, a book dedicated to their work was published by Graham Foundation in Chicago. They recently finished building the Petralona House and won 1st prize at the acclaimed completion for the new architecture school in Marseille, whose construction will start in 2019.

    Gianmaria Socci received a Master degree in Architecture from FAF Ferrara and a MAS degree in Urban Design from ETH Zürich, with a research focus on informal urbanism. Between 2013 and 2016 he has been research assistant at ETH Zürich, leading urban research and teaching design studios at the chair of Architecture and Urban Design. Since 2017 he has been adjunct professor at INDA, the International Program in Design and Architecture of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. In 2018 Gianmaria co-founded Space Saloon.
    Roel Griffioen is a researcher and writer. He is currently a Research Organization Flanders (FWO) PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University. He edited and co-authored De Frontlinie: Bestaansonzekerheid en gentrificatie in de Creatieve Stad (2017), a compilation of essays exploring the intersections of recent art and housing policies and state-led gentrification in the Netherlands. Roel Griffioen is editor of, and guest editor of De Correspondent.

    Dr. Jeroen van der Veer is senior policy advisor at the Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations, the umbrella organisation for 9 housing associations who own roughly 190.000 dwellings. He has a broad experience in social housing in The Netherlands and Amsterdam in particular. His work includes housing market research, strategic housing policy, regional housing markets, urban development, sustainability, geographical information systems (GIS) and monitoring of housing and population developments.
    Grisha Zotov is a founder of an architectural practice Architectural Prescription. Studio engages in design on both an urban and architectural scale and additionally offers computational consultation services for design professionals. The practice employs a pragmatic, analytical design approach using advanced computational methods to develop projects and processes in which form is a function. Grisha Zotov is a founder of CANactions School and a teacher of Urban Fabric studio for master students at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
    Martijn De Wit is a urban designer at the physical planning department, City of Amsterdam, NL. Martijn De Wit has been an urban planner at the City of Amsterdam since 2007. Before that time, he gained working experience at urban design offices of Teun Koolhaas and Frits Palmboom. De Wit was involved in regional plans, masterplans and urban plans throughout the Netherlands. As an urban designer, he has been involved in major projects for the City of Amsterdam.
    René Boer works as a curator, critic and researcher in the fields of architecture, urbanism, heritage and art. He is part of the Amsterdam-based Non-fiction collective, managing editor at Failed Architecture and affiliated with various urban social movements. Currently, he is among others involved in shaping Sandberg Institute's new research hub, and developing a platform for alternative urban practices in both Amsterdam and Cairo.
    Rob Brink earned his Master degree in Urbanism at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture in 2017. Prior to that, he graduated bachelor in Built Environment at the NHTV University of applied sciences in Breda. Currently he is working as a project leader in urban design at the City of Amsterdam. The focus of Rob's work is grasping the complexity of urban design — including its stakeholders and actors, scales, time, program, feasibility, mobility, sustainability, and most of all to create comfortable city neighbourhoods for tomorrow
    NL Architects is an Amsterdam based office. The three principals, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk and Kamiel Klaasse, officially opened the practice in January 1997 but had shared workspace already since the early nineties. All were educated at the TU Delft. Some of the office's projects include Parkhouse/Carstadt (an attempt to integrate auto-mobility and architecture), WOS 8 (a seamless Heat Transfer Station) and the Mandarina Duck Store in Paris. The renovation of Kleiburg, a super-sized apartment block in the Bijlmermeer in Amsterdam was granted the EU Mies Award 2017.

    Theo Hauben is an architect and urban designer who started his career focusing on concept development in 1999. His professional development makes it possible to combine his knowledge of design processes with economics, marketing, research and corporate communications. Theo is a business developer at Diederendirrix architects, visiting tutor at several schools and writes for different media on architecture, urbanism, construction industry and the real estate market.
    Viktor Zotov studied Architecture at the National University of Construction and Architecture in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 2004 he founded an architectural bureau ZOTOV&CO, which is oriented to the world contemporary architecture practice and experienced in cooperation with companies: BIG, MAXWAN, EM2N, JWA, Transsolar, KS – Ingenieure, Architectural Prescription and others. Since 2008 he is a Founder and a curator of the CANactions International Architecture Festival.
    Hein Coumou lives in Nieuw-West. He is an urban designer and projectleader at MUST since 2013. An urban development agency that specialized in urban transformation and independent research. Currently Hein is involved in different regional plans and complex urban transformations around the Netherlands. Always driven to contribute to a better and more beautiful environment. He's co-author of the book: Nieuw-West: parkstad of stadswijk. A research into the effects of 10 year urban renewal for the planned and lived city.
    Pi de Bruijn completed his studies at the TU Delft in 1967. He worked for the Municipal Housing Department until he established himself as an independent architect in 1978, becoming a partner in Oyevaar Van Gool De Bruijn Architecten. This practice was transformed into de Architekten Cie. when new partners Frits van Dongen and Carel Weeber joined in 1988. De Bruijn's first realized building, the Transvaal community centre in Amsterdam, won him the prestigious Merckelbach Award.
    Zef Hemel is a visionary planner. From 2001 to 2004 he was a director of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. Since 2012 he is Professor on Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam, combining this with planning activities for the Amsterdam Economic Board and as a Strategic Planning Specialist preparing a long-term vision on the future of the inner the City of Amsterdam.
    Flora Nycolaas is a senior urban designer in space and sustainability of the municipality of Amsterdam. She is currently working on the environmental vision and the high-rise vision and the renewal of Geuzenveld-Slotemeer, in which different scale levels, from block to region, come together. They are mostly projects at the intersection of design, policy and research. In 2014 She finished a PhD research at the TUDelft, Faculty of Architecture, about the spatial and programmatic change of the existing city.
    Mark van Vilsteren is a landscape architect working on numerous projects in the City of Amsterdam. Currently, he is working on the public space frame work for Haven-Stad, a big transformation development of the existing harbour area into housing, located in the West of Amsterdam, and public space design for the first new neighbourhood of Haven-Stad called Sloterdijk 1 – Zuid. Mark studied landscape design at Van Hall Larenstein in Velp, landscape architecture at the University of Copenhagen and received master degree at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.
    Tim Nagtegaal is a urban designer at the City of Amsterdam since 2009 where he specialist in urban renewal. He studied Spatial Planning & Urban Design at the Hogeschool Utrecht (2009 – 2013) and Urban Design at the Academy of Architecture (2009 – 2013). Following his studies he did internships at IMOSS Urban Design, City of Harderwijk & Arcadis.
    Michiel Mulder is an economist with a background in research and consultancy in the commercial sector. Currently, he is an employee at the city of Amsterdam for the housing department and had an advisory role in special projects, in which role he gives an answer on the question: for which people should we build and which are the features of the house?

    Eric Nagengast is a manager at the Rochdale Housing Association since 2015. He studied human geography and spatial economics at the University of Amsterdam. Following his studies, he worked at Woonstichting De Key / De Principal as a project manager in urban and real estate developments. Eric is a member of the Supervisory Board of Stichting Urban Resort.
    Wouter Kroeze is an Amsterdam based architect with over fifteen years of experience in the field of housing. Kroeze has a focus on the historical context in witch his designs land. Wouter Kroeze teaches at several academies and is now guest teacher at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
    Workshop Space
    We work at the workshop space in the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, located in the heart of Amsterdam. During the Workshop, we have the possibility to engage in the dialogues with the teaching staff and be exposed to the unique methodology of the Academy. The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture trains students to practice architecture, urban design and landscape architecture as skills, situated at the interface of fine art, building and civil engineering, natural and cultural technology, and the
    spatial sciences. The Master's Degree awarded by the Academy gives graduates direct entry to the Register of Architects. The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture is the only training institute in the Netherlands to combine the three spatial disciplines of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. That unique combination places the Academy in an exceptional position, both nationally and internationally.
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