By using Amsterdam as a living laboratory, graduate students and teachers of the chair of Complex Projects have been interested in seeing how growth and rapid change, growth of numbers of inhabitants and tourists, energy and mobility demand growth, health and leisure concepts will affect the City of Amsterdam on a time horizon of 2050. How can innovation, especially technological one, be introduced to the domain of architecture and urban design? The creative exploration of the studio aims to understand today’s structure of the City, to explore possible future scenarios and to speculate on new architectural typologies.
Complex Projects teamed up for almost two years with Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and the municipality of Amsterdam, to focus on the theme Amsterdam 2050. The final result is a systematization of the work of more than 80 graduate students and 6 tutors with the input from researchers and invited critics on a case study on 9 different locations in Amsterdam. The research-through-design process of documenting and analyzing the present urban conditions of the City of Amsterdam and investigating various trends directing future urban development resulted in design solutions and visualizations of the predicted development of these locations.