Amsterdam likes to profile itself as a city of the future. In order to achieve this, progress has to be made in the field of sustainable architecture and city life.
Two areas where this can already be seen are the Houthavens and Noord. The Houthavens used to be the wood shipping harbour of Amsterdam. Seven artificial, car-free peninsulas have been created in the former harbour, lined by buildings of max. 4–5 storeys. In total there will be 2700 apartments with 20% social rental apartments. The area will be 100% climate neutral.
On the other side of the water lies Buiksloterham, which used to be a harbour area and an enclave for poor working class families. In the last 5 years, however, a rediscovery of Noord has started. Buiksloterham has the ambition to become the first “circular” neighbourhood in Amsterdam, with closed circuits for waste and energy.
On this tour you’ll visit two areas in transition, which are both being transformed from former industrial zones into sustainable living districts.