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The Amsterdam Academic Club will hold a debate night on developing an open city campus on Thursday, 2 October from 17:00 - 19:00. Everyone is invited to attend. You can register using the link at the bottom of this message.


The UvA is creating a city campus. The debate revolves around the significance this has for the city of Amsterdam.

Zef Hemel, the UvA's special chair of Urban and Regional Planning, will open the debate between experts from academia and professional practice about the UvA's housing plans and its relationship to the city. In his inaugural lecture 'The city as a brain', he said: 'If the metropolitan region is the technical construct that generates a maximum of ideas within a minimal surface area, then the metropolis itself is a starting point of our thinking. What are the contours of the new Amsterdam planning policy that promises us greater prosperity, offers us greater personal freedom and at the same time manages to save our planet? I name three: knowledge, stories and dialogue. Together they constitute the architecture of the city, conceived of as a brain.'

The UvA's city campus

Four large clusters are being created in Amsterdam, in which buildings meet the latest requirements for education and research and with considerable attention paid to sustainability. You will see and learn more about this during the evening.

Care to stay for dinner?

In what has now become a tradition, we will be serving a 'club dish' for €15 after the lecture. A good deal on a tasty home-cooked meal, and the opportunity to leave on time. Members receive a 15% discount.

Programme for 2 October

17:00 Doors open
17:30 Debate starts 
18:45 Debate ends
19:15 Dinner starts (optional)

Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 235, Amsterdam.