Symposium, where the new hybrid city block is put on the cutting table

On Friday 20 May 2022, Architectenweb in collaboration with Pakhuis de Zwijger, Lectorate Building Transformation from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and MORE Architecture will arrange a symposium where the new hybrid city block – a metropolitan hybrid between a closed building block and an ensemble of several residential towers – analyzed further and especially from a user perspective.

This afternoon, the new hybrid city block is, so to speak, placed on the cutting table to be able to zoom in on the different parts separately. How should the plinths in this city block be approached? How can bicycle parking and shared mobility become a pleasant part of departure and return journey in this city block? How can common rooms, facilities and roof terraces contribute to the formation of communities? What kind of landscape qualities can be realized on the roofs of the courtyards? What does the business case for these urban blocks look like, and what pitfalls and opportunities arise from this? And how can the total power field be combined into an integrated urban environment that residents want to connect with for a long time? These are some of the questions we would like to answer this afternoon.

The symposium is a follow-up to the symposium earlier this year, where the characteristics of the new hybrid urban block were mapped. Speakers at the symposium included architect Dirk Peters (Barcode Architects), urban planner Marco Broekman (BURA urbanism) and architect Kees Kaan (KAAN Architecten). We learned five lessons from that afternoon about the new hybrid city block. At this new symposium, we want to further deepen our understanding of this new building typology.

The new hybrid city block
Over the past decade, the densification of our cities has resulted in the emergence of a new urban block almost unnoticed. This block consists of a ‘bylayer’ with a (partially) commercial program. There are sturdy residential towers on it. The characteristics of this block are completely new to the Dutch situation.

With an FSI of 4 to 7, the density of the urban block is significant. In general, three quarters of the block consists of housing. This program is continuously supplemented with office spaces and sometimes also with spaces for nursing or education. In addition to entrances and logistics facilities, the plinth provides space for a commercial program and occasional residential and work apartments. The parking of the bike and the car is loose in the heart of the block. On top of this car park there is a common, green courtyard.

The observation that a new urban block is emerging is fascinating. At the same time, it raises all sorts of questions about how exactly it is going to work. What design solutions can be used here? What kind of urban environment does this create? And how do residents and other users experience this environment?

We cordially invite architects, urban planners, developers, consultants and governments to attend this symposium, ask critical questions and chat and network.

Moderator Indira van ‘t Klooster (Arcam)


13:30 – Walk-in

14.00-15.15 – Lectures and Q&A

  • Introduction by architect Daan Roggeveen (MORE architecture)
  • Architect Adam Visser (Group A) on the design of the hybrid city blocks of the Max Euwe Kwartier in Rotterdam
  • Developer Johan Snel (AM) on the business case of the hybrid urban block and the pitfalls and opportunities that arise from it
  • Adviser Minouche Besters (Stipo) on the interpretation of the hybrid urban block plinths based on their research ‘Super Plinths’.

15: 15-15: 45 – Pause

15: 45-17: 00 – Lectures and Q&A

  • Landscape architect Philomene van der Vliet (Bom Landskab) about the possibilities for nature in, on and in the hybrid city district
  • Architect Danielle Huls (KettingHuls) on integrating bicycle parking into the flow of arrivals and departures of the city district
  • Developer Fieke van den Beuken (Trudo) on how common areas and roof terraces can contribute to community building
  • Synthesis and reflection by teacher Frank Suurenbroek (Amsterdam University).

17.00-18.00 – Network drink

Sign up via the Pakhuis de Zwijger website

Architectenweb Partner network
Various networking events are arranged throughout the year from the Architectenweb Partner Network, always around a different current theme. For example, networking events have previously been organized around modular homes in wood and design in virtual reality. For this edition, the partnership has been entered into with Pakshuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and MORE Architecture.

The networking events are free for architects, urban planners, developers, consultants, teachers, students and other urban builders. As for the manufacturing industry, the events are exclusively available to Architectenweb’s partners. We advise suppliers in the construction industry who would like to participate in the network events, but are not yet a Partner in Architectenweb, to contact us.

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