Is the city owned by everyone who lives in it? Or is it only for those who can afford to shape it actively? How can the city remain a place for a variety of people, poor and rich, low and high educated, young and old?
The question whether cities are more or less just is an evergreen. Today, we tend to believe that the just city is a city of active citizenship, of engaged inhabitants that creatively and innovatively shape spaces. The future of cities is a collective engagement, with urban transformations being networked, crowd-sourced, and built on fruitful interactive relations. A new urbanism must be open-source, do-it-yourself and self-organised. There is a believe that these models of a networked society will inspire new forms of living, working, inhabiting the urban space. However, do these new logics also have exclusionary effects? Who gains from a more bottom-up and participatory urban growth?
This truly political question is at the core of this organised debate. We will discuss the issue of urban justice, looking particularly at the institutional challenges of housing production, organisation and provision in Amsterdam.
The current city council has as an ambitious programme of housing production, aiming to accommodate both market and social dwellings in a growing city. New models of housing organisation with innovative tools can provide in accessible housing. What are the challenges to take into account? What are the social risks of new institutional frameworks?
The evening is organised by the University of Amsterdam in cooperation with Pakhuis de Zwijger, within the frame of the yearly Masterstudio Urban Planning, and is kindly sponsored by the EFL-Foundation.