Five days of making the city better, together at WeMakeThe.City 2018
25 Jun The first edition of WeMakeThe.City is a fact. The 5-day festival included numerous programmes and activities about making the Amsterdam metropolitan region better: fairer, more beautiful, sustainable and inclusive. Read this brief journal of the festivities.
Next Generations Cities: ‘Who owns the city?’
25 Jun On Thursday the 21st of June, the exciting conference Next Generation Cities took place. During the conference the positive and negative effects of technology were debated. How do we make sure that technology makes cities better?
The Weekend of WeMakeThe.City
24 Jun Over the past few days, an amazing number of people wandered the city to visit conferences, sessions, area meetups, and expositions. Inspiring keynote speakers sharpened our thinking and new alliances were forged between people that normally wouldn't meet each other - all for the sake of a positive effect on the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region.
Friday at WeMakeThe.City
22 Jun Friday is all about the developing city! On all kinds of levels and in every possible way, in- and outdoors and even beyond the city frontiers.
Thursday at WeMakeThe.City
20 Jun Everyday we present a preview of the day to come. Thursday is a day of connection, through citizens' initiatives, conferences and exhibitions.
Wednesday at WeMakeThe.City
19 Jun WeMakeThe.City finally starts! With on Wednesday, programmes which immediately affect the city and its region, by getting people together, engaging in conversation and creating things.
WeMakeThe.City: find your market
06 Jun Organic cheese, innovations, local vegetables, dancing with refugees, knitted ties, music and theatre - you can find it all at the (free) markets at WeMakeThe.City.
Think, talk, watch and work the Smart City
31 May You can’t create a smart city on your own. That’s why you can visit several events at WeMakeThe.City, to talk and think about, look at and work on the city of the future. Free access to all activities with your Festival Pass!
Sustainability in Fashion
28 May The fashion industry leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to sustainability. The multidisciplinary event We Make M-ODE shows the way forward from 20-24 June.
Volunteer for WeMakeThe.City
28 May Do you have some time, skills and would you like to be involved in your city’s future? Volunteer for WeMakeThe.City, the largest city festival in the world. In and around Amsterdam from 20 to 24 June. Make it happen, make your city!
14 May Vancluysen is the Secretary-General at Polis, a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport.
Aisha Bin Bishr
07 May Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, overseeing Dubai’s smart transformation. She is a speaker at Setting the Urban Agenda of Tomorrow on Wednesday, June 20 and Next Generation Cities on Thursday, June 21.
07 May Shishani is a talented singer-songwriter with Namibian and Belgian roots, who grew up in the Netherlands. In her songs, she's bringing these worlds together. She's a speaker at Setting the Urban Agenda of Tomorrow on Wednesday, June 20.
Child Translators in the Spotlight
04 May Expo The social artists collective Moving Arts Project documented children that are translating for their parents and thus mediate between two worlds. The exhibition TransTaalKInderen (Trans Language Children), will open with a special meet-up on Friday, June 22.
04 May Urban talks Artist Jan Rothuizen is known for his unorthodox ‘maps’ of reality. He documents his surroundings in a very personal way, using both fictional and journalistic elements. The artist is a speaker at An Ode to Urbanisation on Friday, June 22.
Festive Pre-launch of WMTC on 26 April
23 Apr On April 26, the festive pre-launch of WeMakeThe.City will take place. Various initiators are being interviewed and together we look forward to the festival that makes cities better.
A Guided Tour through Van Eycks Orphanage
23 Apr Open house The former orphanage at the IJsbaanpad, designed by Aldo van Eyck, will be open for guided tours during the WeMakeThe.City weekend of 23 and 24 June.
Wasteless Wednesday Dinner
23 Apr Open house On Wednesday, June 20 you can join the Wasteless Wednesday Dinner - a delicious vegan/vegetarian meal made from food waste.
Fun- and Food-filled Day at Artists’ Nieuw en Meer
23 Apr Open house The artists’ community Nieuw en Meer will open its doors on Saturday, June 23. Expect exhibitions, workshops, music, edible flowers and books for free.
23 Apr Urban talks How do people in the city perceive religion? And how did religion impact the city? These are the subjects of inspiring Urban Religion lectures in the Westerkerk on Thursday, June 22.
Pay Attention Please! – Framer Framed
23 Apr Routes The Turkish, Amsterdam-based Suat Ögut is an artist pushed by Framer Framed. His work will be shown during WeMakeThe.City, as part of the manifestation Pay AttentionPlease!, which will open on June 21.
21 Apr We are looking for you! Are you committed, enthusiastic and not afraid to get your hands dirty? Are you a hero? Sign up as a volunteer for WeMakeThe.City!
Sound As a Citymaker
18 Apr Expo How does a good city sound? You can find out at the exhibition Sound as a Citymaker, at the Architecture Centre Amsterdam (Arcam) - the result of a research project on sound creating a better city.
17 Apr Ethan Kent works at PPS in New York, supporting placemaking organisations, projects, and leadership around the world. He will speak about his experiences at the conference Co-Creating the City on Thursday 21 June.
17 Apr Ger Baron is the first Chief Technology Officer of Amsterdam; he’s responsible for innovation in the city. He will share his experiences at the conference Together - Strategies on How to Make the City of Tomorrow on Wednesday 20 June.
17 Apr Professor Christian Iaione works in Rome and has started several urban projects in which various urban stakeholders work together on the public space in the city. He will share his experiences at the conference Co-Creating the City on Thursday, June 21.
16 Apr Gil Kelley is an internationally recognised urban strategist and visionary, currently serving as the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability for Vancouver. He is a speaker at the conference Up Close and Liveable on Friday, 22 June.
Everyone Healthy in the City
16 Apr Your environment influences your health. During this conference on 21 June, various aspects of this issue will be discussed, the key question being: how do we keep everyone healthy in the city?
SEEYOU@ART Presents: SEEYOU@ART Preview
16 Apr Saturday, 23June, is the day SEEYOU@ART will bring the passage at De Hallen - near Gallery ‘Beeldend gesproken’ to life with an exhibition of visual art, bodypainting, textile art, workshops and exciting art objects.
09 May Adele Tan is Group Director of Strategic Planning, responsible for the long-term land use planning for Singapore, making it a great city to live, work and play. She is a speaker at the conference Up Close and Liveable on Friday, 22 June.
09 May Kristiaan Borret is an urban designer, former Government Architect in Antwerp and he teaches Architecture and Design at different Belgian universities. He is a speaker at the conference Up Close and Liveable on Friday, 22 June.
Toni L. Griffin
13 Apr Designer, planner, and researcher Toni Griffin works in New York and will speak, on June 20 and 21, about the 'just city': what is the impact of design and planning on the inclusiveness of cities and neighbourhoods?
New Tokyo Story
13 Apr New Tokyo Story is a symposium on Saturday 23 June, on the extraordinary urban development in Tokyo, where large-scale government funded transformations go hand in hand with small-scale bottom-up initiatives.
13 Apr Conference Industrial ecologist Eva Gladek, founder and CEO of Metabolic, uses systems thinking to tackle critical sustainability challenges. She is a speaker at the conference Setting the Urban Agenda of Tomorrow on Wednesday, June 20.
Visit A Lab, a Living City Lab
12 Apr Conference On 23 and 24 June, A Lab organises all kinds of activities; taste new types of lettuce, let music inspire you and visit a play in the former Shell lab!
WeMakeThe.City in North
12 Apr Noord is a city district with a rich history and many faces. On 23 and 24 June you can discover what is being done, build, made and celebrated here. Feel free to participate!
11 Apr Karl-Filip Coenegrachts is a Smart City Innovation Accelerator and specialises in the use of ICT to improve the living and working environment. He will speak at the conference Co-Creating the City on June 21.
11 Apr Urban planner, researcher and policy advisor Levente Polyák is a specialist in bringing together urban revitalisation and community participation. He will speak about this subject at the conference Co-Creating the City on 21 June.
April 26: Festive Prelaunch WeMakeThe.City
11 Apr On 26 April there will be a festive prelaunch of WeMakeThe.City. We invite you to join us and our partners to have a sneak preview of the programme of the biggest city festival of Europe.
10 Apr Conference Professor Sheila Foster specialises in 'environmental justice': how do we ensure both environmental benefits and environmental taxes are distributed fairly in the city? She is a speaker at the conference Co-Creating the City on Thursday, June 21.
14 May Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm and creative think tank of the Mexico City government, and a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies.
02 May Sinnemäki is deputy mayor of Helsinki, responsible for real estate and city planning. From 2017 onwards she is the deputy mayor for Urban Environment. She speaks at Co-Creating the City on 21 June.
You Make WeMakeThe.City: Join the Meetup on 18 April
31 Mar Wednesday 18 April, you can come along to an information evening at Pakhuis de Zwijger from 17:00 – 19:00. Everyone is welcome to join!
Bos en Lommerplein will be WOW-ed in a spectacular fashion
18 May Special WOW Amsterdam will transform the Bos en Lommerplein in Amsterdam-West on Sunday, June 24: the market square will become a futuristic, sustainable fashion spectacle. With workshops and all kinds of activities for all ages, aiming to create awareness for the urgent need for making the fashion industry sustainable. So, bring your clothing and some (plastic) … Continue reading Bos en Lommerplein will be WOW-ed in a spectacular fashion
27 Mar Conference Kate Raworth is a groundbreaking economist and opens the festival on Wednesday, June 20, with a keynote about her work on the ‘doughnut economy’, an economic model balancing between essential human needs and planetary boundaries.
Co-Creating the City
27 Mar Conference During this conference on 21 June, we will have a dialogue with practitioners and city representatives to exchange experiences with a variety of approaches; ranging from co-creation to participatory governance and decision-making.
04 Jun Charles Landry is a speaker at the conference Co-Creating the City on Thursday, June 21. He is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change, and inventor of the concept of The Creative City.
Martijn de Waal
26 Mar Urban talks Martijn de Waal is a writer and researcher focussing on the relation between digital media and urban culture, with a specific interest in public space.
Amsterdam City Archives Show How the City Was Made
26 Mar Open house At the City Archives you can discover how the city was made. You can also visit the treasuries of the archive for free!
Art on the Streets in the New West District
26 Mar Expedition Discover the Street Art Museum in Amsterdam, one of the first recognised street art museums in the world. Let local guides tell you the stories behind each work of art, and experience the alternative Amsterdam.
Pay Attention Please!
23 Mar Routes Wander around the Zuidas, be surprised in New West, get acquainted with the many faces of North, explore the East, roam the wharf of NDSM, and check out the Red Light District from a different point of view.
Hopp, Get On the Roof!
23 Mar Routes Hopp is reopening its doors at the Eerste Ringdijk! It is more than just an inspiring green roof; it is the place to be for a special beer.
Co-creation with The Beach
23 Mar Workshop In Osdorp you can join workshops at The Beach on 23 and 24 June. How can you shape your neighbourhood? How can you improve it, together with others?
Get Lost at the Zuidas
23 Mar Routes GET LOST will be opened on June 22: young artists connect themselves to the Zuidas by designing a reality check in public space.
Waternet is Committing to Climate Adaptation in the Metropolitan Region
23 Mar Waternet is a programme partner to WeMakeThe.City and will focus on getting climate adaptation included on the agenda, during a conference on June 21.
HvA Examins and Educates the City
23 Mar A large group of students of programme partner HvA will visit neighbourhoods and boroughs in the city and its region on Wednesday, June 20 with a WeMakeThe.City survey, posing the key question: What kind of city do we want to live, reside and work in?
Together – Strategies on How to Make the City of Tomorrow
23 Mar The keynote speakers' programme on Wednesday morning, June 20: 09.30 - 12.30 at the NDSM: How the world’s urban challenges are effectively approached in collaboration.
We Charge The City
21 Mar Conference Do you want to know the future of energy, behaviorism and the smart livable city? Would you like to find out how you can connect with the frontrunners as a creative professional, scientist or policy maker? Join us at CHARGE on June 21!
Adventures in a Beer Bottle
21 Mar Routes Go on an adventure with Oedipus on June 23 and 24: discover the diversity of beer in the city!
Modelling Agency ARCAM
21 Mar Architecture on the catwalk! Admire maquettes made by several architectural offices front row during WeMakeThe.City.
Day of Architecture at the Zuidas
21 Mar Special WeMakeThe.City takes place during the Month of Architecture. On Sunday 24 June Arcam organises a programme with tours featuring the impressive architecture at the Zuidas.
Rabobank Wants a Robust Food System in the region
21 Mar Rabobank is a main partner of WeMakeThe.City and the conference on ‘Food in the City and its Region’. Important issues around food need to be addressed in the next few years and we will make a start on June 21!
The City of Amsterdam as a Founding Partner
21 Mar The first three editions (2018-2020) of WeMakeThe.City will be subsidised by the City of Amsterdam. Apart from co-initiating the festival, Amsterdam is also programme and media partner.
ABN AMRO Pushes Circular Economy
20 Mar ABNAMRO is one WeMakeThe.City’s main partners, contributing with its circular pavilion CIRCL. From Thursday 21 until Sunday 24 June all kinds of activities will take place at this Zuidas festival centre, for professionals, students, entrepreneurs and locals.
SHIP: the Making of the World’s Biggest Sea Lock
20 Mar The construction of the largest sea lock in the world will ensure that the Amsterdam region remains easily accessible in the future. Take a look at this impressive construction project!
From Parking Deck to Greenhouse with a View!
20 Mar Open house DeDAKKAS is a green pavilion on the roof of a parking garage with a view over the historic center of Haarlem.
20 Mar Conference Zef Hemel is an urban planner and organizes the symposium New Tokyo Story, on June 23 in Pakhuis de Zwijger.
20 Mar Conference Junko Kunihiro is a town manager and plans various projects to solve regional issues. She joins the Symposium New Tokyo Story on June 23, at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
20 Mar Conference Shu Yamamura is an urban planner and researcher. He joins the Symposium New Tokyo Story on June 23, at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
20 Mar Conference Atsushi Miura is a sociologist, marketing researcher and writer. He joins the Symposium New Tokyo Story on June 23, at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
20 Mar Conference Hidetoshi Ohno has designed numerous architectural works and has been awarded with major prizes. He joins the Symposium New Tokyo Story on June 23, at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
20 Mar Conference Masakazu Ishigure is an urban historian and Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture at Tokyo University of Science. He joins the Symposium New Tokyo Story on June 23, at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
20 Mar Conference Naohiko Hino is an architect and a leading writer, critic and historian in Japan. He joins the Symposium New Tokyo Story on June 23, at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
20 Mar Conference Moriko Kira is an architect and together with Zef Hemel, she organises the symposium New Tokyo Story on June 23, at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
Books on Urban Development
16 Mar During and in the run-up to the festival, books about urban issues are highlighted at the Athenaeum Bookstore.
From plastic to vanPlestik
16 Mar Routes At vanPlestik they make new plastic from old plastic. How? And why? And what products do they make? Visit them during the weekend!
Ferrotopia at the NDSM-Shipyard
16 Mar Special Art at the NDSM during WeMakeThe.City. Atelier Van Lieshout pays a tribute to the steel and old industry and investigates the new way of 'making' in a circular economy.
How Can Bicycle Architecture Improve our Cities?
14 Mar Expo In 2017 the very first Bicycle Architecture Biennale took place. During WeMakeThe.City, this exhibition about bicycle architecture will come back to life!
BYCS: Making the City Better by Cycling
14 Mar BYCS wants the bicycle to be the most important means of transport worldwide. Because cities become better when the bicycle is used.
Museum Het Schip: Art in the Public Space
13 Mar Special Art, architecture and public housing in the expressionistic housing complex 'Het Schip'.
‘Close to Reality’ at NDSM
12 Mar Expo Do you want to see what is being built in Amsterdam at a glance? You can at this scale-model exhibition at the NDSM shipyard.
Up Close and Liveable
10 Mar On Friday, June 22, City of Amsterdam organizes an exchange between European cities. How can we learn from each other's cities?
Amsterdam: European Capital of Innovation through Collaboration
10 Mar Amsterdam has won the innovation prize thanks to the 'Amsterdam approach': for centuries Amsterdam has made the city together with all of her citizens.
26 Mar Conference June 21, water expert István Kenyeres will speak about his experiences in water recycling, resource recovery and engineered ecosystem design.
Minecrafting in the Amsterdam Arena
10 Mar Minecrafting at the heart of the Amsterdam Arena. 500 kids will digitally build their city of the future!
We Make M-ODE: Sustainable Fashion at Westergasfabriek
12 Mar M-ODE is a multi-day fashion show demonstrating a 'sustainable' future for the fashion industry.
020 Emission-Free in 2025!
10 Mar Special Project 02025 has very high ambitions: in 2025 Amsterdam must be the cleanest city! Will you join us?
Nuon Creates an Energetic City
10 Mar NUON joins as a partner and will search for innovative energy solutions during WeMakeThe.City.
State of the Region: Celebrating Together, Looking Back and Forward
10 Mar During the first State of the Region on June 20 in the Amsterdam Theater the present and the future of the Metropolitan RegionAmsterdam will be discussed and celebrated.
You Make WeMakeThe.City: Join the Meet-Up on April, 3
10 Mar Come to the WMTC meetup if you have ideas and projects to make the city better!
10 Mar Special A revolutionary festival at Utopia, an uninhabited island near Almere. With cocktails from algae and hip hop!
The City is Growing. Join the Development of Neighbourhoods and Areas!
10 Mar How do we develop the new city together? This is the central issue on Friday, June 22, when we will share our insights, experiences and knowledge about area development in the 21st century.
Rooftop Festival ROEF
10 Mar Special Go crazy on dozens of roofs in Amsterdam and enjoy the scenery with like-minded people.
Amsterdam City Event: a Knowledge Day for the Civil Servants of Amsterdam
10 Mar 1,100 civil servants share knowledge during workshops, excursions and lectures and gain inspiration from outside the organisation. Theme 2018: 'building communities'.