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CHAOS AND ACCIDENTS – AMSTERDAM’S BRIGHTER FUTURE

The city needs to facilitate chaos and accidents and create room for different initiatives. New ways of governing and planning need to be found to encourage bottom-up initiatives and to keep Amsterdam as vibrant and inspiring as it is today.
by Barbara Koole

Last July, Pakhuis de Zwijger – Amsterdams platform for Creation and Innovation – celebrated its 5 year existence. For this occasion they organised 20 tables of 5: a club of 100 people in total who discussed their views on the future of Amsterdam. This resulted in 20 inspirational sessions full of innovative ideas. A magazine was published in which the conclusions derived from this are presented.

In the magazine a lot of attention is paid to the need for a pluriform city with many different actors and initiatives. The city needs to facilitate chaos and accidents and create room for different initiatives. New ways of governing and planning need to be found to encourage bottom-up initiatives and to keep Amsterdam as vibrant and inspiring as it is today.

CITIES connects with the discussion of Pakhuis de Zwijger through the project WeOWnTheCity and its upcoming follow up. Moreover, on november 14th, we will collaborate within the programme of Amsterdam Transition Town #2: an event about bottom-up initiatives in the city. On this evening we will officially launch the second edition of CITIES the Magazine: Emerging Centers. The magazine will be available in the Itunes Store to be downloaded on your Ipad. We’re looking forward to it!

 

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Barbara Koole

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