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Wednesday, October 11 • 08:30 - 18:00
City Expedition to Zwolle: 10 Principles for Successful Squares (SIGN UP CLOSED)

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This daylong trip to Zwolle focuses on how to get great public squares and plazas. Zwolle is one of those typical beautiful historic Dutch cities from the Golden Age. Its picturesque inner city has wonderful squares that have been made car free and which we will visit first. Then we will focus on a recently built square adjacent to the city's central rail station that is in need of a lot of placemaking.

The square has the potential to serve as an anchor for the entire city center. With the expertise of Project for Public Spaces, we will organize a place game to analyse, observe and find new ideas for how to turn this space into a great place. We will use the lessons of the 10 principles for successful squares.

Zwolle is a modern city with a rich history and a steady economy. The city is in the top five in terms of economic growth in the Netherlands and has a lower unemployment rate than the national average. You will find lively streets there, with students, entrepreneurs, free-thinkers, and creative doers who have all worked together to keep public prosperity and well-being at a high level. At the same time, the city attracts multinational corporations. 

This crossover has resulted in many innovative projects coming together, however the station square doesn’t reflect the city's many assets. How can we, with placemaking, reimagine a station square so that it will become a centerpiece of a comfortable and vibrant city center? How can we learn from the historic city square? How can we open up the surrounding buildings and offer more comfort from the sun and the wind? Which new activities and programming could be started and how should we facilitate the community at large to be the expert?

Lunch and transportation will be provided. 

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Roos Beek

Policy Officer, Space and Accessibility, Province of Overijssel
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Jeroen Fleer

Project Manager, City of Zwolle
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Bianca Meekers

Program Director, City of Zwolle
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Anne-Marie Mosterman

Strategic Planning Economist, City of Zwolle
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Hanneke Spiertz

Advisor, Province of Overijssel
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Gooitske Zijlstra

Founder, Gooitz
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Wednesday October 11, 2017 08:30 - 18:00 CEST
PDZ: Main Entrance Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands