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Rotterdam & Amsterdam

Rotterdam: Urban and residential development is moving fast in Europe’s largest port

Rotterdam is Europe's New York: Skyscrapers on the waterfront, located side by side with historic properties and a city plan that bears the mark of the city being almost newly built after World War II.Rotterdam was bombed during the war. Rotterdam is Europe's largest port, which is why many of the latest projects are located around the port area: innovative housing projects in disused industrial buildings and recreational areas. Extract from the program:​​

Highligts in Rotterdam:

  • Visit to a world-famous design studio behind two of the city's landmarks. Introduction to their international projects  - and a tour to their latest project for an art storage / depot - award winning - with a roof top forest.

  • Transformation by the harbour, MIPIM Award 2018: Innovative housing complex with approx. 300 apartments. The design studio has taken the role as both developer and designer. Each apartment is individually designed in close collaboration with each resident. Meet the developer / architect studio behind. 

  • MVRDV - Landmark project; Visit in a private apartment in a residential complex of the design studio.

  • OMA - Mixed use project: Municipality, residential complex and museum. We will visit an apartment.


Amsterdam: A laboratory for new forms of housing and urban development


​Intense urban development is taking place in historic Amsterdam, for example, from the transformation of old harbor areas into residential areas. New climate-neutral districts are emerging on bare fields, including entire districts with floating homes.

  • Urban development: Visit to 100 hectare industrial area, example of circular urban development.

  • Cycling strategies: Conversion of car parking to urban space functions, including pavements, cycle paths, living and playing areas, outdoor dining, etc.

  • Attractive residential area on a green slope with various LAR solutions, from water stairs to depressions in roads etc.

  • Circular Economy: Amsterdam works concretely with the 'Doughnut model' at a municipal level. Sustainable design of the luxury hotel, based on a circular economy and without the use of disposable elements.

  • In 2025, one home in five must be built of wood in the MRA (Amsterdam Metropolitan Area).

  • Commercial building in wood with mobile walls that can change function to apartments (high-rise)

  • Climate-adapted town plan by star architects MVRDV, where various architects have designed the buildings, from courtyard houses to terraced houses and villas

  • Infrastructure: 7 new metro stations, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, completed in 2018,

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