Live Stream Registration - Vrijdag 2 juni 2017
We live in times of big transitions. War and poverty make huge groups of people move to the West and arrive in a new society where they need to settle in and make it their own place. Apart from this, 2nd and 3rd generation migrants from the former Dutch colonies call for the revision of the Dutch colonial history and demand that different interpretations should be included in the colonial narrative. How can we reinterpret existing cultural heritage so that its meaning is more inclusive?
During this evening, we investigate from the viewpoint of architecture, the relationship between history, identity and mechanisms of in – and exclusion. We engage in a conversation with the Dutch national architect Floris Alkemade and the Swedish director for cultural heritage Qaisar Mahmood about the role and function of cultural heritage. How do you make inclusive places, places that symbolize a common history, without neglecting the black pages of the past?
With Jennifer Tosch, founder of the Black Heritage Tour in Amsterdam, Brussels and New York, the director of Monuments and Archeology of the municipality of Amsterdam Aart Oxenaar and architect Afaina de Jong we focus on Amsterdam and search for public spaces and heritage where we have succeeded to give it a more inclusive meaning and spaces who desperately need change or reinterpretation.
De Balie and architect Arna Mackic present a two part series about the role of architecture in the creation of inclusive cities. We investigate this by looking at former and current war-torn countries like Bosnia – Herzegovina and Syria, but also by looking at Western – European cities like Amsterdam, Stockholm and Paris, that because of shifting demographic compositions need to question their identity again and build on a common and shared heritage.
Beeld: Bas Koopmans