The annual Symposium of Holland Property Plaza will take place on 15 May in the Werkspoorkathedraal in Utrecht. This year’s theme is 'Urbanisation', a challenging subject for anyone who is involved in the development of our cities of the future. Urbanisation and Mobility are closely related, and we have asked the speakers to elucidate these two themes from their own perspectives. As always, this year's symposium is not only about listening and acquiring information, it is also about active participation and sharing practices and opinions.
Prior to the main program, we are organizing Pro Talks round tables with interesting subjects and speakers. We would like to invite you to come a bit earlier at 1 p.m. and join these inspiring Battle of Minds tables (from 1 p.m – 3 p.m) with the following themes. A lunch will be served prior to the Pro Talks.
- Pro Talks 1: Circular economy: livable cities? By Elfrieke van Galen, Partner at TheRockGroup
- Pro Talks 2: City living scenarios: the future context by Ana Christina Martinez, Student Industrial Design Universidad iberoamericana, Campus Pueblo
- Pro Talks 3: Urban Transformation: The Werkspoorkathedraal in the digital age by Casper Schuuring, Owner Monk Architects
- Pro Talks 4: Urban Farming/Vertical Agriculture: how to integrate this successfully into city centers? By Eveline Braam, Director The New Farm & Milah Wouters, Owner Fairvent
- Pro Talks 5: Smart Cities: a new project in The Hague about smart street lights, which will have an impact on all cities in the world by Heimen Visser, Fund Director Communication Infrastructure at Bouwfonds Investment Management
Main Program, starting at 3 p.m.:
- 15:20 ‘Utopia is not a place, but a state of mind!’ by Chris Zwiers, architect and partner OZ Architecten
- 15:40 Utrecht: Infrastructural turnable of the Netherlands by Donné Slangen, Director Regional and Project Development, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
- 16:00 ‘City for all’ presentation by Christian Veddeler, director UN Studio Transformation of the Deutsche Bank Area in Frankfurt
- 16:40 ‘Flows – mobility and accessibility as driver for density, intensity and urbanity: how to organize station precincts as key centralities within the city context.’ presentation by Ute Schneider: partner KCAP Architects & Planner, Zurich CH
- 17:00 ‘Healthy urban living’ by Lennert Middelkoop, Director Urban Development, Municipality of Utrecht
The HPP team is looking forward to meeting you in the Werkspoorkathedraal on May the 15th in Utrecht! If you haven’t registered yet, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
The symposium has been made possible by The Werkspoorkathedraal, for more information visit www.werkspoorkathedraal.nl or see the text below:
Werkspoorkathedraal catalyst for the new future of the Werkspoor area.
The Werkspoorkathedraal is the most iconic building of six remaining buildings of the former industrial site of the Werkspoor. Werkspoor is the short version of the formal name of the factory: “Nederlandsche Fabriek van Werktuigen en Spoorwegmaterieel”. An Amsterdam based firm which expanded its activities to Zuilen-Utrecht in 1912. This steel factory produced trains and all kinds of rolling materials as well as bridges and industrial equipment. The factory had its heydays in the fifties and sixties of the last century, being an employer for almost 5000 people. The workers became part of a real Werkspoor community as the factory provided access to all kinds of services for the workers like housing, education and recreation facilities. As such the factory had a big impact on the urban layout of the surrounding neighborhoods. Due to globalization and new competitors in the market the production dropped down in the seventies and the last building closed down in 1983. From the eighties onwards a lot of Werkspoor buildings were demolished and replaced by typical postindustrial storage buildings, garages etc. Around 2010 artists and creative entrepreneurs rediscovered the cultural value and potential of the remaining Werkspoor buildings especially the former ‘Apparatenhal’ (machinery hall) which was empty at the time. The owner allowed them to use the building for temporary cultural manifestations, but had also plans to demolish the hall in the future to make place for houses. Luckily the crises came in between and the hall was sold to the Utrecht entrepreneur Bob Scherrenberg. Together with Monk Architects he made a plan to redevelop the hall and give it a new future as a place for working, learning and events. Next to the Werkspoorkathedraal also the iconic transformer house and another former factory hall will be redeveloped in 2017-2018 as well as the public space around the small harbor which will locate a café and a restaurant this coming year. The redevelopment of the industrial heritage functions as a catalyst for the improvement of the whole area. Rooted in the historic and innovative DNA of Werkspoor the area will grow the forthcoming years into a mixed use area where creative entrepreneurs, makers and innovators can touch base and work on the next economy for Utrecht.