Amsterdam’s ability to reclaim land from the sea and turn old docks into areas with dynamic new uses has made it a key example to understand several urban proposals. Moreover, Amsterdam — and the Netherlands as a whole — has generated the largest number of proposals for public and social housing among the nominees for the European Awards for Contemporary Architecture.

During the two-day event leading Dutch architects and representatives of the city administration of Amsterdam, responsible for the development of territories, will talk about the best projects for the development of areas in Amsterdam and urban politics of the city, as well as discuss which of these practices could be applicable in other cities. Dutch experts would also hold a workshop for students. During the workshop, representatives of the architectural and urban community of Amsterdam will explore specific case in Moscow – the area situated in Moscow city center, directly opposite Zaryadie area, between Raushskaya and Sadovnicheskaya embankments.


Giovanna Carnevali – Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona.

Kees Kaan – Dutch architect and founder of KAAN Architecten and Claus en Kaan Architecten. His research focuses on large scale projects that characterize rapid global urbanization. Examples of his work are the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, the Heimolen Crematorium in Sint Niklaas and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague. Kaan is currently responsible of the Chair Complex Projects of the department of Architecture at Delft University of Technology. Kees Kaan is a nominee for the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award (1998).

Gus Tielens – Dutcharchitect and co-founder of Korth Tielens Architecten in Amsterdam. The office works in the field of architecture, public space and infrastructure. She was trained at the Technical University of Berlin and Delft University of Technology. In 2006 Korth Tielens Architecten received the Prins Bernhard Cultural Funds’ Charlotte Köhler Prize for architecture and in 2012 the Zuiderkerk Prize. Besides her work as an architect Gus works for various architecture and art schools and and is an editor of OASE.

Jaap Graber – Dutch architect, a member of commision for architecture quality of the city of Amsterdam. After a long and successful career as an architect and urbanist he founded PLAN, an agency with it’s focus on urban concepts, development and research. PLAN is involved in concepts for the build environment for the coming 10 years. Their work method is based on the dutch way of developing urban fabric we also work on international projects and projects for the United Nations.

Sabine Lebesque is an architecture historian and senior consultant at the Development Corporation of the City of Amsterdam. She is member of the Investors Office Residential stimulating urban development, responsible for the yearly documentation of all the built projects and several Awards. She is author of several publications such as Around Amsterdams IJ Banks, from architecture and art to green and new development areas (2011) and Joan Busquets, The city in layers (2011). In the end of the eighties she lived and worked in Barcelona, in the nineties she was working for ten years at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, responsible for exhibitions and publications, such as Yona Friedman, Structures serving the Impredictable (1999).