Gil Kelley

Gil Kelley is an internationally recognised urban strategist and visionary. He currently serves as the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability for the City of Vancouver. Kelley has is a fierce promoter of civic engagement and innovative thinking in both his public and private work.

Kelley also leads an independent planning consultancy and continues to advise cities and governments on a range of urban development strategies, including economic development, neighbourhood and downtown revitalisation, waterfront development, urban design and sustainability.

In the past he was the Chief Planner for several West Coast cities and an independent advisor to cities and governments across the globe. He also served as the Director of Citywide Planning for the City of San Francisco, the Director of Planning for the City of Portland, and Director of Planning and Development for the City of Berkeley.

Gil Kelley is a speaker at the conference Up Close and Liveable on Friday, 22 June.

Adele Tan

Adele Tan is Group Director of Strategic Planning, responsible for the long-term land use planning for Singapore. She has been with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore since 1997 – this department focuses on national land use planning and conservation with a mission to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play.

She has been involved in all kinds of land use planning matters, in the 20 years she’s served the Singapore public service. She’s worked on balancing development and conservation, planning for an aging population and developing a master plan for Singapore’s underground space. She was also Director of Corporate Development in Singapore’s National Parks Board from 2012-2014.

Adele Tan is a speaker at the conference Up Close and Liveable on Friday, 22 June.

Get Lost at the Zuidas

GET LOST is one of the art routes made by Pay Attention Please!, and it generates art in public space by connecting young, promising artists to the Amsterdam Zuidas. For the 2018 edition, artists have been invited to reflect on, and mirror the concept Code of Conduct. Their work takes the shape of a mirror which serves as a kind of reality check. In this mirror, we can observe ourselves and determine how things are constantly changing and moving.

GET LOST aims at improving the vibrancy and quality of life at Zuidas for companies and its staff, residents, and an international and young art-loving audience.

GET LOST will open in a spectacular way on June 22 at the Gustav Mahlerplein, Zuidas Amsterdam

ABN AMRO Pushes Circular Economy

As a lead partner on the topic of Circularity at WeMakeThe.City, ABN AMRO has the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with a broad target group: on circular building, circular procurement and all the effects formulated in our ambitions of Mission 2030. In addition, they present a broader vision of circularity on the issues that have arisen as a result of, among other things, the growth of the world population and climate change.

ABN AMRO wants to be the action leader and initiate change in these companies through leading by example. With the construction of the circular pavilion Circl at the bank’s headquarters in Amsterdam, ABN AMRO has gained hands-on experience in circular construction and sustainable use of real estate. Building Circl has also changed ABN AMRO’s procurement processes. Within the Procurement Department, the bank is now more focused on circular procurement.

 ABN AMRO wants to guide the transition to a more circular economy. Companies taking the plunge and adopting a circular business model will be provided by the bank with support and new financing models. By 2020, the bank wishes to finance circular business assets of one billion euros through at least 100 deals across all sectors. The total reduction of emissions is to be at least one million tonnes of CO2.

By connecting and sharing knowledge to create an impact with clients and interested parties. By doing so, ABN AMRO helps Dutch companies make the most of the opportunities the circular economy has to offer. ABN AMRO experiments with circular projects, funding, business models and pricing. The bank connects various parties and shares its knowledge by means of industry publications, whitepapers, client workshops, events and tours at the Circl.

The circular pavilion CIRCL on the Gustav Mahler square will be the festival center at the Zuidas. On June 21, it will host the conference The City As a Source and The City As a Service as well as a programme on circular building and buying. Friday, June 22 companies and locals will meet to discuss the future developments at the Zuidas, the opening of the art route GET LOST will take place and there will be late night dancing at the green roof of CIRCL during the ROEF festival. The weekend’s packed with public activities, such as screenings on sustainability, a programme for the youth, architectural cycling tours and art walks.

‘Close to Reality’ at NDSM

‘Close to Reality’ exhibits 50 scale models – from regional scale to actual building, from concept to final design, from urban design to architecture, and public space design.

These models contain all aspects of urban planning and architecture. The exhibition shows the tremendous efforts required to get to a final design and creates an opportunity for the audience to both imagine and discuss future challenges of city planning. The models present an overview of future developments and place design as they create a broader context to inspire, discuss, criticise and focus on future challenges.

Up Close and Liveable

Up Close and Liveable is the international review of the urban strategies of Amsterdam. Urban professionals from cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Helsinki, London, Paris, Portland, Seoul, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver come together to focus on the issues we face in cities: How do we make cities compact? Sustainable? Accessible? Green and blue? Mixed? Inclusive? What strategies, plans and experiments lead the way to innovative and smart solutions that are able to improve the quality of living?

We believe that an international exchange contributes to the development of new strategies and solutions that improve the quality of life in urban environments.

This event is organized by the City of Amsterdam’s department of Planning and Sustainability and will take place on Friday morning June 22nd The program will consist of a general introduction on current urban challenges, a short introduction per invited city and a global review in parallel sessions with different cities on different subjects. Additionally, this event will be the official opening of a pop-up city model exhibition, with 3D models of urban plans and projects: 'Close to Reality'.

Minecrafting in the Amsterdam Arena

Around 500 children aged between 8 and 12 years from Amsterdam Zuidoost will get to work with Minecraft right in the center of the Amsterdam Arena to completely redesign their own city district. Everything is possible, everything is allowed, there are no limitations, no referees 😉 With a DJ and surprise performance act by a famous artist. Join in and maybe your Minecraft design will become an actual building! Stichting FutureNL and the Amsterdam Arena organise this event in cooperation to prove digital skills are super fun and useful!

The City is Growing. Join the Development of Neighbourhoods and Areas!

How do we make safe, liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods together? Who are the ones thinking, designing and developing?

What role do the government, project developers, current and new residents and entrepreneurs play in the development process?

Friday 22 June, we focus on the area development in Amsterdam, highlighting the neighbourhoods and areas that are in the middle of full-fledged urban development. Just one example is the Hamerstraat area along the North bank of the IJ River. This former industrial site is being redeveloped into an area designed for living and working. The Sloterdijk business park is another example of an area being transformed into a place where businesses, housing, bars, restaurants and recreation co-exist. What choices are involved in such a redevelopment? Who makes the decisions? And how do we maintain the right balance?

Not only the existing areas are under scrutiny. New development areas bring along their own set of challenges. Districts such as the Port of Amsterdam and Sluisbuurt, areas where over 40,000 houses will be built over the coming years. How do we make these areas sustainable, accessible, and safe?

What significance do placemaking and co-creation have in the development process? And how do physical developments relate to the infrastructural and social elements?

On Friday, experts and professionals from different backgrounds will move into the city on an expedition to more than 30 different development areas throughout the city and region such as the Zuidas, Bajeskwartier, Buiksloterham, and IJburg. After the expeditions, the experts will tackle the various challenges that each of these areas are faced with when being redeveloped.

Rooftop Festival ROEF

Rooftop Festival ROEF shows the sky-high potential of the roofscape in the city. Currently only 2% of the rooftops in Amsterdam are used and just 1% of the flat rooftops are green. While at the same time our streets are getting more crowded. We think we can do better! Discover how, at the ROEF Festival on the best rooftops of Amsterdam.

Follow the birds and hop from roof, to roof, to roof! At ROEF2018 your expedition can go along these rooftops (just to name a few): ABNAMRO CIRCL Paviljoen,  Volkshotel Badplaats, The Student Hotel, Floor 17, Restaurant Bureau, NEMO and QO Amsterdam.