AMS Retrospective: Summer School Thinking City

From 3 till 16 July the Summer School Thinking City took place. This year’s theme was “Beyond Resilience ‘. During two weeks over sixty (inter)national students and professionals worked hard at stimulant case studies, ranging from the development of ideas for a sustainable and climate-proof city to investigating the effects of aging on neighborhoods. These are challenges that the city of Amsterdam is facing at this very moment. The participants – from all around the globe – represented a multitude of disciplines. Not only architects and urban planners were present, also sociologists, political scientists and project managers were thinking along. A large part of the program was open to the public.

Now all the participants of the Summer School Thinking City are back home. They have all brought something with them of the past two weeks: new insights, knowledge, inspiration and a lot of new contacts. It is extraodinary what can be achieved by people with different backgrounds, from different disciplines and cultures; people who had not previously met and got a connection and brought a special energy to the city of Amsterdam.

The Foundation Thinking City (VMX Architects and Zef Hemel) organised the Summer School Thinking City in close collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and local stakeholders.

For the final presentations click here.  

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‘Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm’ by Rosanne Wielemaker, Winner Photo Contest ‘Metropolitan Solutions Photo Contest’.
Winner and runners-ups were announced, at the Closure of the Summer School, by Lars Boering, managing director of World Press Photo