MORE and Tertium coordinate Amsterdam AgendaClose

MORE & Tertium organize a new lecture series at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam. Foreign experts will present international best practices for the challenges Amsterdam is facing, such as sustainability, infrastructure, affordable housing, public engagement and technology. Speakers include Adam Frampton (Only If), Florian Idenburg (SO-IL), Inge Goudsmit (OMA), Neville Mars (MARS Architects), Selva Gürdoğan (Superpool) and Valerie von der Tann (McKinsey).

After ten years of economic crisis, the city of Amsterdam seems to flourish. Construction cranes dominate the skyline, museums are revamped and tourists from all over the world visit the city. To keep up with the growth, the municipality has announced plans to develop Haven-Stad (Harbour City), a large new urban district.

Yet, there is a lot of debate. Construction supply doesn’t meet demand. Housing prices are rising excessively, making it difficult for teachers or nurses to find a home. Urban infrastructure seems inadequate. This leads to all kinds of alarm. Is the city still accessible for all income groups? Has the city become a sheer object for global investors? And is the city able to absorb the increasing amount of visitors?

Amsterdam is not the only urban region facing these matters. Metropolises globally are dealing with the question how to keep their city accessible for everybody; how to deal with new inhabitants – be they refugees or tourists; how to organize the city efficiently without losing quality, and how to create a city that uses as little fossil energy as possible.

In the Spring 2018 lecture series for the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam, MORE and Tertium question this ‘Amsterdam Agenda’ from an international perspective. Specialists from other cities will present best practices, divided in three blocks: Accessibility, Tech and Identity. In cooperation with Pakhuis de Zwijger, some of the lectures will be made accessible to the interested public. After the lecture series, NAi010 Publishers will publish a book with the contributions of the 14 experts.


7 February: Daan Roggeveen, MORE and Michiel Hulshof, Tertium
14 February: Esther Agricola, City of Amsterdam
21 February: Daan Dekker, author ‘De Betonnen Droom’
28 February: Marc Schmit, Playze, Berlin
7 March: Menno van der Veen, Tertium, Amsterdam
15 March: Adam Frampton, Only-If, NYC (Pakhuis de Zwijger)
22 March: Neville Mars, MARS Architects, Shanghai (Pakhuis de Zwijger)
28 March: Florian Idenburg, SO-IL, NYC (Pakhuis de Zwijger)
4 April: Inge Goudsmit, OMA, Hong Kong
11 April: Selva Gürdoğan, Superpool, Istanbul (Pakhuis de Zwijger)
25 April: Miguel Gentil, BAUM, Sevilla
2 May: David Mulder van der Vegt, XML, Amsterdam
9 May: Stephen Hodes, LA Group, Amsterdam
16 May: Valerie von der Tann, McKinsey, Berlin (Pakhuis de Zwijger)
23 May: Concluding Panel (Pakhuis de Zwijger)
The lectures at Pakhuis de Zwijger are open to the general audience.
Adress: Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam
All lectures start at 7.30pm


The lecture series and the book are curated by architect Daan Roggeveen and journalist Michiel Hulshof.

Daan Roggeveen is founding partner of MORE Architecture, 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.

NAi010 publishers 
The forthcoming book on The Amsterdam Agenda – with the views of the participants of the lecture program – will be published by NAi010 publishers.

MORE and Tertium coordinate Amsterdam Agenda
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