ACUH member Tim Verlaan and Peter van Dam will host a discussion with architect Frans Hooykaas, who is one of the spiritual fathers of the infamous Plan Pampus, a modernist expansion scheme for 350,000 residents that was never built.
|Date||8 November 2019|
During the 1950s and 1960s, progressive and future-oriented thinking dominated the field of planning in Western Europe. Economic and demographic growth led to ever-rising ambitions. As society was becoming more affluent, new possibilities opened up for the implementation of urban renewal and expansion agendas, which had been formulated long before the Second World War, but had been deemed unrealistic due to political turmoil and lack of funding.
The era of high modernism, which was closely aligned with the rise of this welfare state, already reached its zenith in the mid-1960s. By that time, signs of rapid and radical change were discernible all over Western Europe, not least in Amsterdam. One of the most radical housing schemes was Plan Pampus, which was supposed to house 350,000 residents on artifical islands to the east of the city. In many ways, the scheme - a brainchild of Van den Broek and Bakema's office - was a predecessor to IJburg and a conversation starter on the future of Amsterdam.
We will discuss the plan's unfortunate history with Frans Hooykaas (in Dutch) at IJburg's Flexbieb from 19:30 onwards. All are welcome to join the discussion and the preceding excursion, which will start at the Steigereiland tram stop at 15:00. Please register by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.