Would you like to see how Amsterdam could possibly look like in 2050? The AMS Mid-City models offer the opportunity to explore the subject.
The group models, sized 2.1×2.1 meters, of the graduate students of Complex Projects (Delft University of Technology) have arrived to AMS Institute. They are representing scaled down areas of Amsterdam like Sloterdijk, Zaanstad, City islands, Schiphol Airport and Schiphol Corridor towards 2050.
The itinerant exhibition will be on display until summer 2019.
The Chair of Complex Projects, Department of Architecture at Delft University of Technology, teamed up with AMS Institute, the municipality of Amsterdam and KAAN Architecten to focus on the theme AMSTERDAM 2050. Almost 80 students reimagined what nine different sites - located along the ‘fingers’ of the metropolitan area of Amsterdam- would be in 2050, based on a critical analysis of current findings and practices in the city. In AMS Mid-City Studio, the focus has been on ‘growth’ and ‘change’: growth of numbers of inhabitants and tourists, and change of energy, mobility, health and leisure concepts. There is an extra demand for new housing and housing types, new workspaces, new infrastructure and urban facilities and for different uses and management of public spaces.
Previous exhibitions - in 2018
On July 12th, the students of AMS Mid-City Studio celebrated their graduation exhibiting the work in the Orange Hall of Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture.
On February 15th, the work-in-progress of AMS Mid-City Studio was presented to the City and discussed with Pieter Klomp (Director of Spatial Planning), Arjan Snellenberg (Senior Urban Designer), Tamara Smit (Economic Advisor), together with Darrel Ronald (Associate Partner KCAP), Kenneth Heijns (Managing Director AMS) and Kees Kaan (Chair Professor of Complex Projects).
“Urban developments in Amsterdam are currently guided by the program ‘Koers 2025’, a densification strategy of 50.000 dwellings. We have asked our students to assume 2025 as the steppingstone and think beyond. The leading question is whether smart urban technologies and energy transition will allow us to live in cleaner and denser cities of higher quality, assuming radical transformation of the existing, towards 2050.”
On June 23rd until July 1st, AMS Mid-City Studio was part of the pop-up exhibition ‘Close to reality’ organized by the City of Amsterdam, that took place at the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam. The graduation models representing Amsterdam Centraal, Amstel and Zuidoost areas were exhibited among other 60 models made by professional architects and planners. The exhibition gave the opportunity to present and discuss the future challenges in the area of architectural, urban and spatial design.