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architour organizes high-quality guided tours to architecture and urbanism in the Netherlands, guided by local architects.
architour organizes programmes, tours and lectures for groups, focussing on architecture and urbanism in Amsterdam and beyond.
We offer a range of ready-to-book tours, but also develop customized programmes according to your wishes. Lectures on city development, visits with local stakeholders, tours on specific themes - everything is possible. You'll be accompanied by an expert local architect, who will give you a first-hand insight into the Dutch approach to urban issues.
Europe's largest innovation ecosystem, focused on international scale-ups, corporate innovation and public-private partnerships to accelerate international business growth.
Do you want to learn from the largest start-up and innovation ecosystem in Europe? Make sure to visit B. Amsterdam, an innovation hub covering 40.000m2.
B. Building Business offers a tour to share insights on how government, start-ups, corporates, investors and incubators co-build this innovation- and tech ecosystem on a global scale.
Costs for a 1 hour tour + introduction about B. Amsterdam:
Commercial group (max. 20 persons) - 300 euro (excl. VAT)
Non-commercial group (max. 20 persons) - 200 euro (excl. VAT)
*Due to high demand, we kindly ask you to share your request at least 2 weeks before your visit.
Introductory presentation that provides an overview to Amsterdam Smart City organization, approach and key projects. Online meeting is possible.
In person in Amsterdam or online via Zoom
With various public and private partners, Amsterdam Smart City explores, connects and accelerates technological and social innovation projects to achieve a future-proof metropolitan region. We concentrate on four societal transitions: Energy, Mobility, Digital City and Circular City which is done through a public-private partnership and an open and international community.
This Introductory Presentation is an opportunity to ask all your questions about the Amsterdam Smart city organization, governance and key projects. During this session, participants hear an overview of Amsterdam Smart City and our approach. Ample time is reserved for Q&A and further conversation.
Looking for another programme?
We offer six main types of programs depending on the interests and needs of your organization:
- This program can be booked at pre-set times via the “Book now” button. To request a program outside the pre-determined times, email your request to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- The program is offered in-person in Amsterdam or online via the Zoom platform. In-person programs are currently limited to 5 people.
- For programs cancelled less than one week in advance, we apply a cancellation fee of €100 VAT exempt fee.
The IoT Living Lab provides public networks, open infrastructure and data for developers to accelerate emerging IoT innovations for Smart City solutions. We do this by engaging developers and citizens in public spaces using a bottom up, crowd sourcing approach to innovate by "sandboxing" the city.
An inspiring and stimulating exhibition on the prominent role of the Netherlands in the transition from a linear towards a circular economy.
An inspiring and stimulating on the prominent role of the Netherlands in the transition from a linear towards a circular economy. The Circular Expo tells the story of the earth and nature as the source of inspiration for sustainable use of resources. Circular organizations, processes and activities will be brought together in one psysical location where "best practises" will show the scalable ideas and techniques developed in the Netherlands for a circular economy. Through the interaction with, by and between participants, the Circular Expo will function as the meeting point of the circular economy, and therefor the icon project within the NL Circular Hotspot Campaign.
Thanks to its multifunctional character, the Circular Expo can be rented for conferences, meeting, inspiring workshops and client events.
The International Residential Living Lab (IRLL) stimulates and facilitates the founding of residential living labs. Residents test new housing solutions, components, materials, energy concepts and smart devices in collaboration with stakeholders to develop future-proof housing solutions. The IRLL has developed specialized methods and tools to co-create successful and continuous residential living labs. They cover the city of Amsterdam as other interesting sites in The Netherlands and abroad.
The tours offered differ in terms of length and content consisting of visits to sites, presentations, knowledge transfer, discussions with stakeholders and in-depth project developments. The prototype of the International Residential Living Lab has been placed on the campus of TUDelft and can be visited in combination with a special program on circular and smart urban housing. Different Residential Living Labs are under development with real life users, co-creation and data collection.
For more information or special programs get in touch with the IRLL.
A visit to a temporary exhibition on Pampus will explain how the battery will help the island achieve its sustainability targets. Besides that the
Play the City offers a tour of the up and coming Buiksloterham area - the largest scale of circular city experiment in the Netherlands
Want to see Europe’s largest housing development madeout of sustainably sourced wood? Want to learn more about alternative officeparks made out of houseboats? Does the idea of a sustainable floating villageinterest you? Together with our research into the area, Play the City willprovide you with valuable insight into the way in which forces are being joinedto achieve the ambitions and goals set out for this exciting new area ofdevelopment in Amsterdam.
The City of Amsterdam wantsto accelerate the sustainability of the capital. In 2020 the city aims togenerate 20% more renewable energy per capita and will use 20 % less energy.
Buiksloterham in Amsterdam North has been identifiedas a living lab for circular area development, setting out ambitious goalstowards closed system flows and resource management. Based on the circulareconomy model, the development of this area with its polluted land stretchesand open spaces will become the center of the implementation of new cleantechnologies and a hub for the closure of urban material cycles, serving as thelargest scale of a live circular citymaking experiment.
The area is buzzing with activity, new developmentsare rapidly taking shape, entrepreneurs are passionately self-building theirdream homes and housing corporations are joining forces with self-builders.Investment in technologies are setting new building standards and developmentinitiatives are setting new standards for partnership collaboration models.
Architecture and urban planning tours in Amsterdam
De Gebouwengids organizes tours in the field of architecture and urban planning. The organization is founded fifteen years ago and has developed a professional and passionate way to guide you through the city of Amsterdam. Redevelopment, sustainability and future development are central themes.Check here the broad offer of tours, through musea, parks, different neighbourhoods in the city, and much more.
Take a peak into the new metro line
From 2017, the North/South metro line will run 9.7 kilometres fromBuikslotermeer in the north of the city to Amsterdam Zuid station in the south.At Stationsplein 7, Amsterdam, the visitors center is located. Here you willget information on the status of the project and which innovative techniquesare used to build a tunnel right below the city centre. From our visitorscenter, also tours are provided. If construction work allows, the tour enters the underground building site. You can reserve a tour via phone or online. Photo: Gé Dubbelman
Sparking inspiring discussions, connections, creativity, bottom up initiatives and innovation
There is no place in Amsterdam like Pakhuis de Zwijger, an independent and cultural warehouse that is all about sparking inspiring discussions, connections, creativity, bottom up initiatives and innovation. PDZ invites live speakers and hosts many events devoted to creative industries and urban city development. The magic does not only happen on stage; the discussions and unexpected connections that follow are key. Since PDZ opened its doors in September 2006, it has grown a big community that tunes in on a regular basis for network meetings, lectures, discussions and workshops that are linked to creation and innovation.
Cradle to cradle working environment
Park 20|20 is the first full service Cradle to Cradle working environment in The Netherlands. In Park 20|20 a unique level of sustainability is created together with a human centered design approach to realise the cleanest, most inspiring and productive working environment to date.
Cradle to Cradle® is an innovation platform developed by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart for designing beneficial economic, social and environmental features into products, processes and systems. Rather than seeking to minimize the harm we inflict, Cradle to Cradle reframes design as a positive, regenerative force—one that creates footprints to delight in, not lament.
20|20 Experience Center
The 20|20 Experience Center is a valuable meeting point of know-how and skills in the field of Cradle to Cradle. Alongside this, it acts as a showcase for the new way of working and its practical application. Visitors are welcome to come and discover more about Cradle to Cradle and the development of Park 20|20 on weekdays from Tuesday through to Friday. The Center is also available for hire for meetings, conferences and various types of events.
Discover a world of science and technology in NEMO Science Museum
Science Center NEMO has strong links with an extensive international knowledge network that is focused on science and technology. The science center make this knowledge available in many different ways. The central principle is to encourage people to discover things for themselves. In addition to being a fun and educational museum, NEMO is an institution where different groups within society can debate the implications of scientific and technological advances.
Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam welcomes 500,000+ visitors each year and sends them on a journey of scientific discovery. The exhibitions are organized around different themes and designed to encourage all kinds of people from all age groups to ask their own questions and to go in search of the answers. This interactive approach perfectly reflects NEMO’s vision of learning. In addition to the full museum experience in the centre of Amsterdam, people can also get a taste of NEMO at Schiphol Airport.
The world's most sustainable office building
OVG Real Estate, the Dutch commercial real estate developer andinvestor, has created the world’s most sustainable office building after itsnewest property was awarded the highest score ever recorded by the BuildingResearch Establishment (BRE), the global assessor of sustainable buildings. TheEdge, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, achieved a BREEAM new constructioncertification of ‘Outstanding’.
The building is Energy Neutral, collects and uses rainwater, has LEDsthat provide real time data on the efficiency of the building and promotescycling by making it as comfortable as possible to arrive by bike and park it.
Photo: The Edge
Be surprised by the cultural-historic heritage of Amsterdam
Find out more about the reconstruction architecture and art of Amsterdam
The Van Eesterenmuseum let you meet the cultural-historic heritage of the urban planner Cornelis van Eesteren. His work is one of the highlights of the postwar urban planning and architecture in Amsterdam. In New-West, Buitenveldert and parts of Amsterdam North, the interesting spatial plan is still in place.
The Van Eesterenmuseum is the information point about special urban planning. There is a museum outside, a museum inside, and a nineteen fifties museum house. The museum organizes many different walks, excursions, talks and many other activities.
The tour showcases innovations and approaches that make Amsterdam a leading sustainable and smart city. The focus is not only on technological solutions, but also spatial and social innovations.
What sets Amsterdam apart from other smart cities is a holistic approach to city making that puts as much emphasis on spatial and social solutions as ICTs to improve quality of life and accelerate economic growth. And that’s what we call a SmartR City! This tour explains how Amsterdam does this.
You can also join one of the other tours provided by Sustainable Amsterdam, click here.
In the Miele Inspirience Center in Vianen the Materials, Software and Operations of Bundles are demonstrated.
Bundles offers home appliances in a subscription model: Pay per Use. You don't pay for a washing machine, but you pay each time the Bundles washing machine delivers clean laundry. In this product-as-a-service business model the user lowers his total cost of, for example, washing, and the whole chain of companies delivering the service optimize their use of resources and thus margins.
In the Miele Experience Centerin Vianen the Materials, Software and Operations of Bundles are demonstrated. And you get a peak into the impact of the circular subscription economy in your Kitchen
The workshop we offer includes one hour of demo and one hour of testing.
The Amsterdam Beacon Mile runs between central station and Marineterrein
A route of up to 2km with beacons lining it. This will represent a testing area for those who want to test applications such as:
● Public way finding
● Tourist routes
● iBeacon signing
● Hyper local points of interest
● Augmenting existing apps with additional proximity data
Tour with dinner included.
We give tours at weekends and in the evenings showing you the sustainable systems on the geWoonboot (duration 1 hour).
After the tour, you can dine on board (evening) or eat lunch (weekend).
The excursion ends with a guided tour around the inspiring NDSM Wharf, in which you will learn about the history of the former shipyard and its development into Europe’s largest creative incubator (duration 1 hour).
Work on an actual urban project through a serious game.
What if you could test your development strategies against otherstakeholders in an interactive environment? The best way to learn about consensusbuilding is experiencing it. This is why Play the City offers monthly GameTraining in the City Simulation Room, hosted by Pakhuis de Zwijger. Through anexclusive afternoon program, you can choose to join a game session addressingone of two city making scenarios:
a. Inner-City Redevelopment about the area Amsterdam Noord
b. Off-Grid City about the area Almere Ooosterwold
A game session gives you the chance to network withother curious designers, planners, gaming enthusiasts.