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10 YEARS PDZ

>> A bit of pride is definitely in order, as Pakhuis de Zwijger

is now an established brand, with actual impact through their City Makers and Urban Agenda. To Fransen, it is a fascinating experience. ‘Wherever I go, people know us now. And when we invite people to join one of our programmes, everyone gladly accepts, whether it’s a designer, a director-general or an alderman.’ And when Tiggeloven takes a cab to work - which rarely happens, though - she can just mention Pakhuis de Zwijger without having to explain where it is. ‘As someone born and bred in Amsterdam, I have to confess this makes me proud.’

WE NEED TO KEEP ON ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY

Going international

And it’s not just people from Amsterdam. Pakhuis de Zwijger has long gone international due to the great influx of immigrants, expats, foreign students, and tourists. The programmes are crossing borders too - (New) Urban Agenda, City Embassies in different capitals, the Quito UN Habitat III. At the moment, about a third of the programmes in Pakhuis de Zwijger are English spoken. ‘It is great to see we’re having an impact on the city’, Egbert says. ‘We have people getting inspired here and starting their own programming initiatives. That’s great, but it also means we have to be on the lookout, we have to keep distinguishing ourselves, maintaining our communities and finding new ones. Our cities are facing a lot of new issues, on diversity, incorporating digitalisation in our society, the balance between tourism and livability, on governance and democracy. The next ten years will be crucial in deciding how cities will deal with the public domain in the broadest sense of the word. Who owns the city? The water, energy, clean air, transport, technology, >>

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