Debate: Who Makes Our Future?

Agro-Industry in the Haarlemmermeerpolder, OMA, Kees Christiaanse, Yves Brunier (New Netherlands 2050. The Netherlands Now As Design, 1987)

Location: Netherlands Architecture Institute (auditorium), Rotterdam

In recent times, the use, and misuse, of large-scale and long-term planning for urban, regional, and national development has led to heated debates about the role of the government, of planners and designers, and of politics and the public. Dutch physical planning and design has traditionally been at the forefront of large-scale and long-term planning. It is, however, not at all clear what lies ahead. The book 'Dutch New Worlds. Scenarios in Physical Planning and Design in the Netherlands, 1970-2000' by Christian Salewski is the first account of the history and theory of the scenario method in urban, regional, and national planning and design. The initiators regard this as a welcome opportunity to discuss the present state and the future potential of explorations of the future, of large-scale and long-term planning and design, and of contemporary utopia and ideal cities, both in the Netherlands and abroad. 

> Read more about the book 'Dutch New Worlds' on the 010 Publishers website.

Christian Salewski (ETH Zurich, Institute for Urban Design)
Henk W.J. Ovink (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, 5th IABR). 
Michelle Provoost (Crimson, INTI) 
Peter Swinnen (Flemish Government Architect, 51N4E) 
Kees Christiaanse (KCAP, ETH Zurich, Institute for Urban Design)

Time: 20.00 – 22.00 hrs
Language: English
Admission: € 7,50 / €3,00 for students / free for Friends of the NAI
Register via: www.nai.nl/register 

This debate is organized by ETH Zurich, Institute for Urban Design & the Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment.