Egbert Fransen and the Amsterdam Approach

This is how we make the city of the future in Amsterdam. This is the Amsterdam Approach. An interview with Egbert Fransen.

The Amsterdam approach has become distinctive for the innovative way in which bottom-up movements and established institutions work together towards smart and creative solutions for urban issues. Amsterdam’s unique ecosystem of social and technological innovation is characterized by inclusiveness, innovation, and creativity, linking inhabitants, city makers, government, and organizations in creating optimal city living. The following interviews show the 8 iCapitals partners who each share their vision of the city of the future, and how the Amsterdam approach can help shape/realize this.

In my city of the future everyone participates in shaping their direct environment. And takes responsibility for doing so. We call this ‘city making’.

– Egbert Fransen, director Pakhuis de Zwijger.