CANactions
QUICK FACTS
Type:
International workshop
Format:
8-days full-time program
Location:
Amsterdam, NL
Duration:
19-26 of October, 2019
Working language:
English
Number of participants:
– up to 30 participants in each workshop
– all program participants (full and modular) gather in Kyiv for the final workshop
The Workshop in Amsterdam marks the start of the "Creating Homes for Tomorrow" program, offering an 8-day intensive introduction into the local housing context, during which you will be exposed to ongoing housing affordability crisis and related strategies adopted by the city administration, housing companies, private developers and the self-build communities.

Together with an international group of participants and a multidisciplinary team of mentors and experts, you will design solutions and strategies for future housing trajectories in the city of Amsterdam: Nieuw West — once a small village, which experienced a housing boom that gave rise to the characteristic modernist housing blocks.

The workshop takes place from 19 to 26 of October and will be hosted by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
The Workshop in Amsterdam marks the start of the "Creating Homes for Tomorrow" program, offering an 8-day intensive introduction into the local housing context, during which you will be exposed to ongoing housing affordability crisis and related strategies adopted by the city administration, housing companies, private developers and the self-build communities.

Together with an international group of participants and a multidisciplinary team of mentors and experts, you will design solutions and strategies for future housing trajectories in the city of Amsterdam: Nieuw West — once a small village, which experienced a housing boom that gave rise to the characteristic modernist housing blocks.

The workshop takes place from 19 to 26 of October and will be hosted by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
WORKSHOP THEME
Not only is Amsterdam the main touristic attractor in the Netherlands, it also has shown the fastest population growth rate among major Dutch cities in the last decade, leading to increasing housing prices. This upward spiral in connection with privatization processes in the housing market effects constant migration of people within the city and creates social, cultural and economic segregation. To work against the continuation of segregation processes in Dutch cities, a reform for new housing development was determined, fixing percentages for social and rental flats for new housing development, bringing up new questions for stakeholders how future housing could be provided.
Within the educational program, we will work in teams. We will explore constraints of housing development, conceptualize strategiesand design homes for tomorrow for Amsterdam. We will understand the local conditions like ownership structures, policies and stakeholders influencing production and quality of housing in Amsterdam and we will explore how global trends like societal changes, virtual communication and environmental change will influence the way we live. Based on this, we will conceptualize and design future-oriented scenarios for housing with different focuses and scales: The socio-economic aspects defining the framework for development, the neighborhood as a living environment, the building block as a unit for living in a community, and the building itself as an expression of lifestyles.
CASE: NIEUW WEST
'Nieuw West' (called Westelijke Tuinsteden) is one of the largest housing project districts that was realized in the fifties and sixties which gave rise to some of the more characteristic modernist housing blocks in the city. The neighborhood is characterized by a high portion of social housing (three quarter of the build area), unemployment, accumulation of poverty and high percentage of immigrants who live with limited income. The area has significant potential as it is interesting for private investments — for its proximity to the center and well connectivity with the public transportation, further economic activity can be stimulated. However, there is a low level of primary and high schools, as well as vocational training which prevents working conditions to improve.
The housing stock is considered an essential factor in influencing the neighborhood. Heavily privatized in recent years, it became a predominantly monofunctional area at the edge of the city centre. The 'Amsterdam 2030+ city development strategy intends with the allocation of up to 60% additional housing, together with the expansion of the business cluster surrounding the station a remarkable densification for the area and brings up identity questions for the future of the district.
We will visit 'Nieuw West' flagship projects of the initial social housing structure, as well as new developed, renovated areas which try to improve housing and the living conditions of the neighborhood.
Photograph: Dingena Mol
Photo source : Egbert de Vries, Eric Nagengast / Amsterdam Federation of Housing Corporations
ANXILLIARY PROGRAM
PROJECT VISITS

During the Workshop, we will learn from the experience of two flagship housing projects in Amsterdam:
  • DeFlatKleiburg guided by NL Architects — is a perfect example of re-using of the modernist housing structure transformed into self-building concepts "zelfbouw". It marks a strong shift in how Amsterdam develops its housing stock;
  • IJburg designed and conceived by the municipality of Amsterdam in partnership with institutional developers, is the last exemplary of big-scale development in the city.
During each visit, you will interact directly with the authors and stakeholders of a given project: architects, initiators, inhabitants, city representatives.

NL Architects and XVW Architectuur's deFlat Wins 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Photographs: Marcel van der Burg
ІJburg

LECTURES

You will be invited to attend input lectures and evening social event featuring guests and speakers representing the following institutions:

NL Architects, Think Tank, The Amsterdam Federal Housing Associations (AFWC), Failed Architecture.
EDUCATION PROGRAM team
Mirjam Niemeyer is an architect, urban designer and founding partner at Helsinki Zürich Office which was established in 2010. The office has branches in Zurich and Helsinki. Mirjam works as a designer and researcher in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning in an international context and has won several international prizes for architectural and urban design projects.

Mirjam has been a visiting professor at the PBSA Düsseldorf and assistant professor at the Institute of Urban Design at Prof. Kees Christiaanse at the ETH Zurich, where she led and conducted the "s5-city project", an urban research and design project about the agglomeration of Zurich. She has tutored several international workshops and published internationally. Mirjam is a member of the Advisory Board of CANactions School and has curated and mentoredCANactions School educational programs since 2016.
Romea Muryń is a Polish architect and urban planner. After receiving her master's degree from West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland and her bachelor's degree from the School of Design and Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark she worked for 8 years as an architect in leading design practices—JDS, COBE, REX, BIG and OMA.

Romea also successfully completed the postgraduate programme 'Hybrid Urbanism' at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and worked as a leading architect and urban strategist at KB Strelka, Moscow, Russia, taking part in the projects 'My Street' large-scale urban renovation program and, 'Key Public Spaces: Improvement in 40 Cities of Russia'. Romea was an adjunct Professor at INDA International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is co-founder of the studio Locument, established in 2015
CURATOR
PROGRAM
DIRECTOR
mentors
Fani Kostourou
Fani Kostourou is an architect, urban designer, and academic. Trained at the National Technical University of Athens, she holds a MAS in Urban Design from ETH Zürich and an MRes in Spatial Design: Architecture & Cities from University College London. She is a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy, and has previously taught at the Welsh School of Architecture, the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, and Bartlett Development Planning Unit. In 2017, she joined the MIT Department of Architecture and Computation as a visiting researcher and participated in the EU-funded Future Architecture Platform. Her design work has featured in group exhibitions in MoMA New York, MAR in Rio de Janeiro, and the biennales of Sao Paulo, Venice, and Chile. Fani currently finishes her PhD research supported by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant at the Bartlett, teaches at the Welsh School of Architecture, and works as a researcher at Theatrum Mundi, an international research centre that expands the crafts of city-making through collaboration between artists, architects, and urbanists.
Konstantinos Pantazis
Konstantinos Pantazis is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. He founded Point Supreme with Marianna Rentzou in 2008 after working in London, Rotterdam, Brussels and Tokyo (OMA, MVRDV, 51N4E, Jun Aoki). They regularly publish self-initiated projects for the city of Athens where they are based. In 2012 they won the acclaimed international competition for the Faliro Pier in Athens and were included by popular Greek newspaper LIFO among the 20 most influential personalities in Greece. In 2015 Athens Projects, a book dedicated to their work was published by Graham Foundation in Chicago. They recently finished building the Petralona House and won 1st prize at the acclaimed completion for the new architecture school in Marseille, whose construction will start in 2019.
Gianmaria Socci
Gianmaria Socci received a Master degree in Architecture from FAF Ferrara and a MAS degree in Urban Design from ETH Zürich, with a research focus on informal urbanism. He has worked independently across Europe and received awards in numerous design competitions. Between 2013 and 2016 he has been research assistant at ETH Zürich, leading urban research and teaching design studios at the chair of Architecture and Urban Design. Since 2017 he has been adjunct professor at INDA, the International Program in Design and Architecture of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, where he coordinated the course of Architecture & Urbanism. In 2018 Gianmaria co-founded Space Saloon, a research-oriented practice that explores innovative methods of design and education based on a multidisciplinary understanding of contextual conditions.
LOCAL Mentors
Roel Griffioen
Roel Griffioen is a researcher and writer. He is currently a Research Organization Flanders (FWO) PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University. He edited and co-authored De Frontlinie: Bestaansonzekerheid en gentrificatie in de Creatieve Stad (2017), a compilation of essays exploring the intersections of recent art and housing policies and state-led gentrification in the Netherlands. His writings have appeared in journals, magazines, and newspapers. Roel Griffioen is editor of Frontlinie.org, and guest editor of De Correspondent.
Rob Brink
Rob Brink earned his Master degree in Urbanism at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture in 2017. Prior to that, he graduated bachelor in Built Environment at the NHTV University of applied sciences in Breda. Currently he is working as a project leader in urban design at the City of Amsterdam. Among other institutions, he had the pleasure to work for Artgineering, Oeverzaaijer, and Movares. The focus of Rob's work is grasping the complexity of urban design — including its stakeholders and actors, scales, time, program, feasibility, mobility, sustainability, and most of all to create comfortable city neighbourhoods for tomorrow.
LOCAL EXPERTS
Dr. Jeroen van der Veer
Dr. Jeroen van der Veer is senior policy advisor at the Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations, the umbrella organisation for 9 housing associations who own roughly 190.000 dwellings (40% of the total housing stock) in Amsterdam.
Jeroen started at the Federation in 1997. He has a broad experience in social housing in The Netherlands and Amsterdam in particular. His main responsibilities are in the area of research and information. His work includes housing market research, strategic housing policy, regional housing markets, urban development, sustainability, geographical information systems (GIS) and monitoring of housing and population developments.
In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of the scientific 'Journal of Housing and the Built Environment' (HBE).
Grisha Zotov
Grisha Zotov is a co-founder of CANactions School and a teacher of Urban Fabric studio for master students at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. Previously Grisha gained experience in architectural design, urban planning, construction techniques and computational design in internationally acclaimed offices BIG, OMA, de Architekten Cie and ZOTOV&CO.
In 2016 he founded an architectural practice Architectural Prescription. Based in Amsterdam, Architectural Prescription engages in design on both an urban and architectural scale and additionally offers computational consultation services for design professionals. The practice employs a pragmatic, analytical design approach using advanced computational methods to develop projects and processes in which form is a function.
Martijn De Wit
Martijn De Wit has been an urban planner at the City of Amsterdam since 2007. Before that time, he gained working experience at urban design offices of Teun Koolhaas and Frits Palmboom.
De Wit was involved in regional plans, masterplans and urban plans throughout the Netherlands. As an urban designer, he has been involved in major projects for the City of Amsterdam. His primary contribution over the past 10 years has come to life in several plans for Zuidas (Amsterdam) including Zuidasdok, the encasement of the circular motorway, and the multifunctional building complex Valley.
Workshop Space
You will work at the workshop space will be at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, located in the heart of Amsterdam. Over the Workshop, you will have the possibility to engage in the dialogues with the teaching staff and be exposed to the unique methodology of the Academy.
The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture trains students to practice architecture, urban design and landscape architecture as skills
situated at the interface of fine art, building and civil engineering, natural and cultural technology, and the spatial sciences. The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture is the only training institute in the Netherlands to combine the three spatial disciplines of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. That unique combination places the Academy in an exceptional position, both nationally and internationally.
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