Book a lec­ture about archi­tec­ture and urb­an­ism in the Neth­er­lands, presen­ted by archi­tec­ture journ­al­ist Anneke Bokern, archi­tect and lec­turer Paul Vlok or another  expert from the architour team!


Talks can be booked sep­ar­ately or as part of a guided tour, in Eng­lish, Dutch or Ger­man. They’re ca. 45 minutes long and fol­lowed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

All talks can also be booked as online events, e.g. via Zoom.

Ready-to-Book Talks

Intro­duct­ory talks about urban devel­op­ment and cur­rent themes, provid­ing the per­fect back­ground for your field trip.

Lec­tures on demand

Talks accord­ing to your brief­ing, given by an architour part­ner or spe­cial­ist guide.

Present­a­tions by External Experts

Present­a­tions by e.g. local plan­ners, archi­tects, engin­eers or rep­res­ent­at­ives of pub­lic entit­ies about their pro­jects or field of work.

Talk 1: Built on Sand 

In this lec­ture we tell you about water man­age­ment and land­scape devel­op­ment through the cen­tur­ies, about found­a­tion tech­niques and the par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges and oppor­tun­it­ies of build­ing in Holland. 
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Talk 2: Amsterdam – City on the IJ 

This lec­ture is an intro­duc­tion to the urban his­tory of Amsterdam. Find out about the cre­ation of the fam­ous canal area, but also about recent pro­jects, e.g. the redevel­op­ment of the shoreline and the plan­ning of the very first highrise district. 
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Talk 3: Rotterdam – Mod­ern Har­bour City 

We’ll tell you about the urban his­tory of Rotterdam, includ­ing its ori­gins, the recon­struc­tion period after the war and cur­rent top­ics, such as the trans­form­a­tion of former har­bour areas and the chal­lenges of gentrification. 
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Talks 4: Sus­tain­able Rotterdam 

Rotterdam has to cope with a lot of chal­lenges related to cli­mate change. Innov­at­ive, prag­matic and simple solu­tions are being tested in the city. Find out about the Dutch approach to sustainability. 
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Talk 5: Afford­able Hous­ing in the Netherlands 

The Neth­er­lands have a long tra­di­tion of social hous­ing and the highest social hous­ing per­cent­age in Europe. We’ll inform you about the his­tory of the sys­tem and cur­rent chal­lenges, such as segreg­a­tion and gentrification. 
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Your health is our top priority! Our tours take place in the open air, with 1,50 metre safety distance between participants and max. 15 participants per guide. A user-friendly and hygienic audioguide system is available and can be used with your own headphones.