On the 21st of June we kicked off a new phase of Amsterdam Smart City. Amsterdam Smart City is an open collective of citizens, businesses, knowledge institutions and public authorities that are convinced that the changes necessary for the city and region, can only be achieved through collaboration.
More partners than ever are pooling their networks, knowledge and skills. Who are they? We will present some of them one by one. This time Pakhuis de Zwijger: ‘It is essential to make sure all Amsterdammers can decide about the future of their city.'
What is the main reason for you to join the open collective Amsterdam Smart City?
As Pakhuis de Zwijger we would like to facilitate and participate in an open dialogue on the transition of our city. We believe in the goals Amsterdam Smart City stated in the transition paths to a digital, circular and energy neutral city.
Amsterdam Smart City as a collective of cooperation is the perfect platform to achieve these goals.
What is your ambition for the city and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area?
Pakhuis de Zwijger would always like to strengthen the dialogue between all Amsterdammers. We do this by organising events, dinners, festivals, conferences and screening films.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for the city and the region in the future?
With all the challenges of this time, like the energy transition, the unprecedented growth of the city, keeping the digital infrastructure open and accessible and the growing city moving, it is essential that we make sure that all Amsterdammers are able to participate in deciding the future of their city.
How do you see the role of the residents and citizens in your plans?
The Amsterdammers are central to achieving the goals of Amsterdam Smart City. That is why we are facilitating dialogues both in Pakhuis de Zwijger but also elsewhere in the city and through a festival like WeMakeThe.City.
What do you hope to work on in the upcoming years?
Last season we organised more than 600 events in Pakhuis de Zwijger and, together with our partners, we staged WeMakeThe.City. Next season we will certainly bring new events and a new edition of WeMakeThe.City. See our events in the calendar of Amsterdam Smart City or our website for more information.
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Photo: Koen Smilde Photography