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Friday, October 13 • 13:00 - 14:15
Panel: Planning for Public Space in Amsterdam

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This session will shed light on Amsterdam’s public space strategy from a variety of lenses, by the city’s senior planners and designers.

The city of Amsterdam has a rich history in public space planning and design. In the recent Public Space Vision for the municipality, public space is envisioned as "the city’s living room," with a few key characteristics:

  • Green: The planning department just completed a study of the distribution and design of green spaces, and its connection to the city’s growth strategy.
  • Participatory: Over time the municipality learned to transform the design process from centralized top down to a more participatory approach.
  • Walkable: Until recently the mobility strategy of the city was focused on cars, public transport and cyclists alone, basically allocating the leftover space to pedestrians. Due to the increased use of public space, as a result of tourism and densification among other things, the city is now developing a pedestrian strategy.

As the city is facing substantial growth and densification between now and 2025, with the estimated addition of 50,000 houses over the next few years, the key challenge is how to keep up with the quality of public space at the pace of the development.

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Charlot Schans

Project Leader, New Europe: Cities in Transition, Pakhuis de Zwijger
Charlot Schans is an urban sociologist and programme maker at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, a platform for the creative industries and social innovation in urban development. She is project leader of the platform New Europe - Cities in Transition, a European network of active citizens... Read More →

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Ruwan Aluvihare

Head, Department of Spatial Planning, Gemeente Amsterdam
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Dirk Iede Terpstra

Senior Traffic Engineer, Gemeente Amsterdam
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Wouter van der Veur

Senior Urban Planner, Gemeente Amsterdam

Friday October 13, 2017 13:00 - 14:15 CEST
PDZ Floor 5: Studio Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands