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Club of Amsterdam Newsletter, Issue 05

This Club of Amsterdam Newsletter focuses on 'the future of Urban Development and the role of The Netherlands in Europe'. Please also take a look at the articles below.
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the future of Urban Development
The Role of The Netherlands in Europe

Date: Monday, February 17, 19:00-22:15. VIP Reception at 17:30.
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prins Bernhardplein 200, Amsterdam [next to Amstelstation]
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Are you prepared for the changes in the European market?
Do you know how to create a competitive business, which survives the future business landscapes?
Do you know the key factors for a changing urban environment?
This Event about the future Urban Development is of concern to the building industry and to everybody who needs to know what impact Urban Development will have to its business.

Winy Maas:
"European borders disappear - new regions appear. What is the role of The Netherlands in this new landscape? Is this going to be a landscape of internal competition or should Europe collaborate and The Netherlands as a consequence specialise? How is this going to look like? What kind of specialisation is needed?"

Paul Schnabel: "Paradoxes reign in the arena of urban development, to a great deal determining its future. The real 'city-zens' are moving out to ever greener suburbs, mainly consisting of low rize onefamily houses, whereas the 'villagers' from abroad take up residence in the cheap apartmentblocks surrounding the centres of the old cities. They urbanize their traditional village-life, but do not take part in traditional western urban life. Spectacular concentrations of highrise officebuildings on traffic hubs develop as visual eyecatchers into landmarks of urbanity, but real urban life is a leisure time activity of suburbanites. They turn the old and very vulnerable smallscale citycenters into stagesettings for a neo-bourgeois lifestyle. Convenience shopping become concentrated in shopping malls with ample parking space, funshopping will be an 'urban' pastime, not necessary focused on buying the goods the shops so beautifully display."

Part I: Dialogue: Winy Maas, Architect and Urban Planner, MVRDV & Paul Schnabel, director of the Netherlands Social and Cultural Planning

Part II: Panel with Dialogue Partners and Aaron Betsky, Director, Netherlands Architecture Institute/NAI, Kees Rijnboutt, Architect, de architectengroep, Bernard Hulsman, NRC Handelsblad, Jan Fokkens, Chairman, GIDO-Stichting and the Host Karel van der Poel, founder & CEO, Blue-Nova

The conference language is English.

We'd like to thank the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) for its support.

Tickets can be ordered online or bought at the door (except VIP and Discount tickets):
Regular Tickets: Euro 69,- online / Euro 79,- at the door
VIP Tickets: Euro 119,- online
Student Tickets: Euro 25,- online / Euro 29,- at the door
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The Club of Amsterdam offers online Discount Tickets to members of IPAN, NGI, The World Future Society, BNSP as well as to PricewaterhouseCoopers & Clients
Please also check out the Club of Amsterdam Pass for Individuals and Companies!

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Articles about Urban Development

Managing Social Transformations in Cities
by CÚline Sachs-Jeantet
The purpose of this paper is to explore the research theme "cities as arenas of accelerated social transformations" and to circumscribe the niche and the role of MOST in the urban landscape where numerous institutions are acting.
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New approaches to land-use planning: transport policy and sustainable urban development
by Andreas Dorda, IPTS
One of the aims of spatial planning is to achieve compact and multifunctional city structures as part of an effort to limit urban sprawl and slow the steady increase in demand for transport. To be effective new tools for urban development and land-use planning are needed which go beyond traditional planning regulations. These could include encouraging professional stakeholders to broaden their development portfolios and influencing choices through information campaigns aimed at potential house buyers.
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Slow Growth and Urban Development Policy
by Christopher Leo and Wilson Brown
The paper distinguishes between cities experiencing high rates of growth and those growing more slowly and argues that 1) widely-held North American assumptions to the contrary, slow growth is not a pathology; and 2) since we do tend to view it as a pathology, we fail to plan for it, and, instead follow policies more appropriate to rapidly-growing centres.
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Urban Development - The New Development Frontier
by Angela Griffin, Urban Sector Manager, World Bank
The world is rapidly urbanising. It is estimated that, within a generation, the majority of the developing world's population will live in urban areas. This means that the existing urban population of the world - which is currently approximately 2.5 billion - will double within a generation. At the same time, political and fiscal decentralisation is underway in all regions, with the result that, as cities are growing in size, they are also gaining more and more political and economic influence.
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The Sustainable Cities Project
by The European Commission
In the European Union about 80 % of the population lives in cities and towns and the urban areas are therefore the places where the problems of the environment touch most the quality of life of citizens.
The report identifies the challenge of urban sustainability to : "solve both the problems experienced within cities and the problems caused by cities, recognising that cities themselves provide many potential solutions. City managers must seek to meet the social and economic needs of urban residents while respecting local, regional and global natural systems, solving problems locally where possible, rather than shifting them to other spatial locations or passing them on to the future".
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Upcoming Events:

Monday, February 17, 2003: the future of Urban Development
Wednesday, March 26, 2003: the future of Mobility
Wednesday, April 23, 2003: Senior Citizens & future Technology
Wednesday, May 28, 2003: the future of Medicine
Wednesday, June 25, 2003: the future of Countries & Democracies

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