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.
Prins Bernhardplein 200, Amsterdam [next
Ticket information: 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.
Part I: Dialogue:
Maas, Architect and Urban Planner,
MVRDV & Paul
Schnabel, director of the Netherlands
Social and Cultural Planning
Part II: Panel with Dialogue Partners and
Rijnboutt, Architect, de architectengroep,
Hulsman, NRC Handelsblad, Jan
Fokkens, Chairman, GIDO-Stichting and
the Host Karel
van der Poel, founder & CEO,
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
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."
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