17.07 / Lecture

Who Cares? Redeveloping our neighbourhoods

Dutch Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade explains his vision on the liveable city and solving social problems through redevelopment of residential quarters

The Dutch tradition in which public housing is always directly related to welfare and public health formed after the World War II. Since then, the country has gone through a large number of social changes, and the demands of the urban dwellers changed as well. How do we ensure that our neighborhoods remain attractive places to live in, now that our lifestyle is changing in every possible way? Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade argues for a new architectural and social perspective on neighborhoods, housing and care. With imagination and design and a keen eye for technological innovation.

During the lecture, Dutch Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade will talk about how architects tackle social issues and why improvement in the live quality of the most vulnerable people creates a better background for everyone. Using his experience as an example, he will explain the principles for developing legislative policies regarding housing and learning the opinions of city councils, healthcare authorities and local residents, and how to teach the architects to commit themselves to addressing problems such as poverty and loneliness.

Floris Alkemade has been the Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands since 2015. The Chief Government Architect advises the Minister of Internal affaires and the Central Government Real Estate Agency. Since he graduated under Rem Koolhaas at the Delft TU, Floris has been associated for eighteen years with the OMA firm, the last 7 years as partner. His key projects include: Euralille, a large area development round the new TGV station in Lille, and in the Netherlands in the new Almere City Centre and the reconversion of a former Zollverein shaft into the cultural and artistic center of the city of Essen. Now Floris Alkemade is head of his own architectural firm FAA (Floris Alkemade Architect) which is working on the reconversion of the 600 metre long Macdonald warehouse dock in Paris. Besides, Floris lectures at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and is also curator of the next two editions of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), in 2018 and 2020. In 2017, Chief Government Architect started the design competition WHO CARES. He challenged designers, urban planners and healthcare specialists to think together about future-proof neighbourhoods, complexes and co-livings for Dutch cities. The social aspect in architecture and technological innovations in construction are among the most important focus points for Floris in his position of the Chief Government Architect.

The lecture will be held in English with simultaneous translation. You will be required to leave any ID document in order to receive the equipment.

The event will be held with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Russia.

Lecture is a part of Moscow Urban Forum Festival Programme. 

english with simultaneous translation into Russian
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