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Cities are growing worldwide, including Amsterdam. This growth is accompanied by urgent challenges involving climate, security, affordable housing, health and more. How can we make cities better? WeMakeThe.City, a festival organised by Pakhuis de Zwijger, will see experts and Amsterdam residents embark on a five-day search for answers. The University Quarter features prominently in the afternoon programme on 22 June. What is more, you are invited!

Logo WeMakeThe.City


The University Quarter, the future home of the Humanities, will take shape over the next few years. Together, the University of Amsterdam, the City of Amsterdam and urban planning consultancy West 8 are working on a comprehensive master plan. This comprehensive master plan involves not just these three parties, but it also includes local residents and entrepreneurs, the University Quarter’s many future students and UvA staff, of course. What can we do to ensure that all these users come and live as a community in this little piece of Amsterdam while maintaining the quality of life?


Participants will embark on an expedition to the area and open the lid on the plans of West 8. They will be able to give their views of the plan from a number of perspectives in working sessions.

University Quarter Programme 22 June

The programme starts at 13.30 and continues untill 17.00 hrs. The working sessions are: 

Information and registration

Are you interested in the challenges facing the UvA and would you like to contribute your ideas on the future development? Or are you more drawn to community-building efforts for such developments? If so, your participation will reinforce our area expedition! The afternoon programme will take place in the University Quarter between 13:30 and 17:00 at and around VOX-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9. 


Free tickets for the programme at the University Quater are available when you register via Please note the main language will be Dutch. More information about the festival can be found at, here you can also find the full five day programma, including tickets for the other events.

WeMakeThe.City: 22-24 June

In a five-day period, the festival will see the public and experts work on urgent challenges to daily life in the urban environment. At a variety of locations across the city of Amsterdam and its surroundings. With lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, performances, city expeditions, games, workshops, expert meetings, interviews, labs, workplaces, and a challenging and active weekend programme aimed at a broad public. For Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, European cities and the rest of the world. To view the complete programme, click here.

If you are interested in attending the other programme elements during WeMakeThe.City, you can book your tickets via the WeMakeThe.City website.