Auditorium 17/18 Act IV: Adapt & Mobilise

Auditorium 17/18 Act IV: Adapt & Mobilise

Eva de Klerk & Zef Hemel

For the NDSM project we initially started a think tank inviting a diverse group such as developers, architects, artists, squatters. We came together and started to think of alternative development strategies for cities. We wrote a manifesto called “The city as a framework”, which starts from the premise that citizens can participate in the city’s development because they can fill in an open framework. The framework is solid but the use is flexible, changes over time, allows for experiment.
Eva de Klerk, 2015

In an environment of permanent, ever-increasing flux, adaptive planning is urgently required. Without flexibility and the ability to improvise, spatial planning will in the long run fade away. By making planning open and more communicative it can be saved, because without cohesion and societal cooperation there is no way forward.
Zef Hemel, 2013


Adapt & Mobilise are the keywords of this conversation between urban pioneer and “bottom-up project booster” Eva de Klerk, together with spatial planner Zef Hemel who investigates “adaptive planning as a way to adjust easily to permanently changing circumstances”. The duo will engage in a critical discussion which assesses the city in its different scales and workings by introducing a double perspective on city making: De Klerk delves into the discipline as an amateur in its true sense, driven by a relentless passion for the community which results in the successful reactivation of neglected urban areas, so called “no-go places”; Hemel as an urban planner and academic guided by an extensive research on adaptive planning and a desire to re-invent the planning profession. Regardless the difference in their methods and entry point to city making and architecture, they both share a strong fascination for the city as a laboratory where unexpected opportunities arise through engaged entrepreneurship and grass-roots initiatives, grounded in the existing context and rooted within the local community.

Eva de Klerk is the initiator of the wellknown redevelopment of the
NDSM terrain, a former shipbuilding yard situated in Amsterdam North. Today NDSM is an active hub for artists and creatives, a focal point for the cultural development of the city and its youth. De Klerk sees NDSM as a city which was built in and around the giant, previously abandoned warehouse. After her successful experience in Amsterdam she was involved in the redevelopment of the Berlin Tempelhof Airport that had been closed down in 2008. Thanks to the collaboration of local inhabitants and creative entrepreneurs, Tempelhof was given a new life as a city park and site for emerging businesses. Since 2009 De Klerk has been working on ideas for the redevelopment of the Namura Wharf in Osaka, Japan. Since 2011 she has organised a cultural exchange between the Namura and the NDSM wharfs. Via self initiated projects which are able to mobilise communities and bring together multidisciplinary figures, De Klerk manages to reactivate deserted places and initiate a process of participated change.

Zef Hemel believes that a radically different spatial planning is needed in a fast urbanising and increasingly complex world. According to Hemel planning should adapt to permanently changing circumstances and act locally on the level of the individual cities and their spheres of influence. He sees the future of the discipline within a metropolitan but at the same time global approach to planning. In the past Hemel was chief editor of Stedebouw & Ruimtelijke Ordening (Urban and Regional Planning), the professional magazine for urban planners and designers of the Dutch Institute of Housing and Spatial Planning in The Hague. In 2011 he organized, as a member of the think tank of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, the symposium Creative Cities in Amsterdam. From 2001 to 2004 he was director of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. From 2004 till 2014 he was member of the board of the Urban Planning Department of the City of Amsterdam. There he organized The Freestate of Amsterdam in 2009, which was the start of a different kind of planning. Since 2011 he is Professor on Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam (the Wibaut Chair). Hemel is also working for the Amsterdam Economic Board. Hemel studied human geography at the State University of Groningen and wrote his PhD in history of art at the University of Amsterdam with a research on the planning, construction and design of the IJsselmeer-polders, for which he was awarded the Prof. Ter Veen Award 1994. Zef Hemel gave lectures on urban planning in London, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Wuhan, Taipei, Seoul, Geneva, Zürich, Brighton UK, Washington DC, Durban SA, Bogotá, Tel Aviv, and many other cities in the world.

Lecture series architecture, urbanism and design 2017/2018

ACT!ons – Architecture as a Laboratory

AUDITORIUM 2017-18 aims at delineating and expanding the territory in which architecture currently operates by means of a series of actions. If knowledge production is usually regarded as an introvert process, the aim of the series is to open it up by discussing and acting upon it. Much like scientific experiments take place to enable scientists to precisely test the interaction of complex variables, the idea of the laboratory as a space of action rather than a hermetic and controlled environment aims to incite change through (architectural) acts that carefully balance complex forces. The selection of voices intends to draft an inventory of possible actions as triggers that can generate unpredictable reactions. Thus entering a breeding ground where discoveries and new opportunities can unfold.

CURATORS Giulia Cosenza & Albert Takashi Richters | PARTNERS STUK Kunstencentrum, KU Leuven dep. architectuur, Existenz | SUPPORT BY Stad Leuven, Vlaamse Overheid | SPONSORING Febelcem, Vandersanden Group, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, Media A+ Architecture in Belgium

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Thu 22 Feb 201820:00
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