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Open Planning in Amsterdam


Open Planning in Amsterdam

Zef Hemel, Netherlands

While big pretentions in the past have jeopardized the future of urban planning, in his research and planning Zef Hemel tries to focus on its core: economy, ecology, democracy and creativity. He is searching for a kind of adaptive planning – that is a type of planning which can adjust easily to permanently changing circumstances. Such a radically different planning is needed, because the world is urbanizing fast and seems to be rushing into one crisis after another. Because of the growing complexity, the type of planning required is local, at the level of individual cities and their spheres of influence.

In the Structural Vision 2040, Amsterdam City Council sets out its ambitions for the period 2010 to 2040. The Structural Vision is a framework of analysis for spatial plans and provides the basis for setting the city’s investment agendas, but first and foremost the Structural Vision is a visionary scenario for the future. The complexity of urban development means itis no longer possible to make do with blueprint planning. More than ever before in Amsterdam’slong tradition of structural planning, the City Council wanted this Structural Vision to take shape in an open process.

Citizens, businesses, organizations and other government bodies had to be given the opportunity to share their thoughts and provide input throughout theprocess. The making of the structural vision took three years andconsisted of three phases: reconnaissance, integrationand ratification. Citizens and organizations were involved in these phases in various ways.

Vision terms four major robust developmental trends which can be observed inlarge sections of the city and even outside it: the roll-out of the city center; the interweaving of the metropolitan landscape and the city; the rediscovery of the waterfront; the internationalization of the city’s southern flank.

  • Cultural Center of Belgrade, Pop Up space, The Republic Sq. 5, ground floor

  • Saturday, 24 May 2014
    7.00 – 7.30 pm