This Club of Amsterdam Newsletter focuses on 'the future of Urban
Development and the role of The Netherlands in Europe'. Please also
take a look at the articles below.
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the future of Urban Development
The Role of The Netherlands in Europe
Date: Monday, February 17, 19:00-22:15. VIP Reception at 17:30.
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prins Bernhardplein 200, Amsterdam
[next to Amstelstation]
Ticket Corner: http://www.clubofamsterdam.com/ticketcorner.html
Are you prepared for the changes in the European market?
Do you know how to create a competitive business, which survives
the future business landscapes?
Do you know the key factors for a changing urban environment?
This Event about the future Urban Development is of concern
to the building industry and to everybody who needs to know what
impact Urban Development will have to its business.
Winy Maas: "European borders disappear - new regions appear.
What is the role of The Netherlands in this new landscape? Is this
going to be a landscape of internal competition or should Europe
collaborate and The Netherlands as a consequence specialise? How
is this going to look like? What kind of specialisation is needed?"
Paul Schnabel: "Paradoxes reign in the arena of urban
development, to a great deal determining its future. The real 'city-zens'
are moving out to ever greener suburbs, mainly consisting of low
rize onefamily houses, whereas the 'villagers' from abroad take
up residence in the cheap apartmentblocks surrounding the centres
of the old cities. They urbanize their traditional village-life,
but do not take part in traditional western urban life. Spectacular
concentrations of highrise officebuildings on traffic hubs develop
as visual eyecatchers into landmarks of urbanity, but real urban
life is a leisure time activity of suburbanites. They turn the old
and very vulnerable smallscale citycenters into stagesettings for
a neo-bourgeois lifestyle. Convenience shopping become concentrated
in shopping malls with ample parking space, funshopping will be
an 'urban' pastime, not necessary focused on buying the goods the
shops so beautifully display."
Part I: Dialogue: Winy Maas, Architect and Urban Planner,
MVRDV & Paul Schnabel, director of the Netherlands Social
and Cultural Planning
Part II: Panel with Dialogue Partners and Aaron Betsky, Director,
Netherlands Architecture Institute/NAI, Kees Rijnboutt, Architect,
de architectengroep, Bernard Hulsman, NRC Handelsblad, Jan
Fokkens, Chairman, GIDO-Stichting and the Host Karel van
der Poel, founder & CEO, Blue-Nova
The conference language is English.
We'd like to thank the Netherlands Architecture Institute
(NAi) for its support.
Tickets can be
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Articles about Urban Development
Managing Social Transformations in Cities
by CÚline Sachs-Jeantet
The purpose of this paper is to explore the research theme "cities
as arenas of accelerated social transformations" and to circumscribe
the niche and the role of MOST in the urban landscape where numerous
institutions are acting.
New approaches to land-use planning: transport policy and sustainable
by Andreas Dorda, IPTS
One of the aims of spatial planning is to achieve compact and multifunctional
city structures as part of an effort to limit urban sprawl and slow
the steady increase in demand for transport. To be effective new
tools for urban development and land-use planning are needed which
go beyond traditional planning regulations. These could include
encouraging professional stakeholders to broaden their development
portfolios and influencing choices through information campaigns
aimed at potential house buyers.
Slow Growth and Urban Development Policy
by Christopher Leo and Wilson Brown
The paper distinguishes between cities experiencing high rates of
growth and those growing more slowly and argues that 1) widely-held
North American assumptions to the contrary, slow growth is not a
pathology; and 2) since we do tend to view it as a pathology, we
fail to plan for it, and, instead follow policies more appropriate
to rapidly-growing centres.
Urban Development - The New Development Frontier
by Angela Griffin, Urban Sector Manager, World Bank
The world is rapidly urbanising. It is estimated that, within a
generation, the majority of the developing world's population will
live in urban areas. This means that the existing urban population
of the world - which is currently approximately 2.5 billion - will
double within a generation. At the same time, political and fiscal
decentralisation is underway in all regions, with the result that,
as cities are growing in size, they are also gaining more and more
political and economic influence.
The Sustainable Cities Project
by The European Commission
In the European Union about 80 % of the population lives in cities
and towns and the urban areas are therefore the places where the
problems of the environment touch most the quality of life of citizens.
The report identifies the challenge of urban sustainability to :
"solve both the problems experienced within cities and the problems
caused by cities, recognising that cities themselves provide many
potential solutions. City managers must seek to meet the social
and economic needs of urban residents while respecting local, regional
and global natural systems, solving problems locally where possible,
rather than shifting them to other spatial locations or passing
them on to the future".
Monday, February 17, 2003: the future of Urban Development
Wednesday, March 26, 2003: the future of Mobility
Wednesday, April 23, 2003: Senior Citizens & future Technology
Wednesday, May 28, 2003: the future of Medicine
Wednesday, June 25, 2003: the future of Countries & Democracies
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