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Prior + Partners at virtual World Architecture Festival - Open Building Open City 01/12/20, 09.10am

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

After its physical postponement to next summer in Lisbon, World Architecture Festival will be hosting a week-long series of live talks and panels next week.

And, in the spirit of maintaining connections between us all in this challenging time, ‘WAF Virtual’ will be free, with open access to all who register.

Please see links below to the programme and for registration at WAF Virtual.

Next Tues 1st Dec from 9.10-10.30am UK/GMT, Jonathan Rose, Director of Masterplanning at P+P will be moderating three panel discussions on Amsterdam Waterfront regeneration, on the theme of Open Building – Open City

Amsterdam is one of the world’s greatest waterfront cities, setting the standard for post-industrial urban renewal. Building on the DNA of its 17th century canalside structure and its foundation principles as a citizen-led, Open City, this is a story of continuous city-making and innovation in community driven urban housing like no other.

This WAF Virtual session develops from the hugely successful Open Building Forum at WAF last year, to explore Amsterdam Waterfront regeneration in three very special panel discussions.

  1. 1990s Legacies Reflecting on the legacies of the pioneering new neighbourhoods of the 1990s plans for Java Eiland, KNSM and Borneo Sporenburg in the Eastern Docklands, the first panel will include the architects and masterplanners Sjoerd Soeters, Jo Coenen and Adriaan Geuze.

  2. The City’s Role With its principal commitment to current and future generations, Mirjana Milanovic, Lead Urban Designer in the City of Amsterdam’s Department of Planning and Sustainability, will discuss the major scale-up projects at IJburg, cohousing/self-building at scale at Steigereiland - and looking ahead to achieve 75% affordability in the new high density neighbourhoods at Sluisbuurt.

  3. Here & Now The latest initiatives in the West and North-western docklands of Houthavens, NDSM and Buiksloterham will be introduced by Paco Bunnik, Lead Urban Designer for the City of Amsterdam. Rapidly evolving from low intensity industrial landscape into resilient new places for living and working, two leaders of the Open Building network, architects Marc Koehler and Tom Frantzen will discuss "open planning" approaches to pioneering projects where technology driven co-creation and innovative modular construction are harnessed in the interests of individuation and collective self-determination. This approach establishes a continuum with the critical frameworks of John Habraken and an earlier, radical generation. See also

The panels will be moderated by Jonathan Rose of Prior + Partners in London and will be brought together around a final round table including Ton Schaap, formerly Lead Urban Designer of the City of Amsterdam. The round table will be chaired by WAF Curator Jeremy Melvin, to reflect on how these experiences address the WAF Virtual 2020 theme of urban resilience, post Covid and more broadly, what can be learned from these extraordinary models of regeneration and continuous urban renewal (25-30mins).

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