Thursday, 17 November saw the official opening of the newly relandscaped Europaplein-Oost. It creates a real meeting place for the neighbourhood, in a green and leafy setting that features a new play area. In the evenings, it will be brought to life by the Virtual Fountains light artwork.
Amsterdam regional transport (Vervoerregio Amsterdam), Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer, Noord-Holland, NS (Dutch Railways), KLM and Royal Schiphol Group have reached agreement with central government on improving accessibility in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Zuidasdok can now go ahead.
The relandscaping of Europaplein-Oost has now been completed. The project has had its fair share of setbacks: firstly, in reaching agreement with local residents and then dealing with issues involving the design and construction/landscaping. But the result is worth the wait. Be sure not to miss the official opening on Thursday, 17 November 2022.
Five streets and squares in the ‘Kenniskwartier’ (Innovation District, sometimes referred to as Knowledge Quarter) are being given the names of female composers. The open-air concert held on 15 September 2022 paid tribute to some of them. Despite the autumn weather, there was plenty to enjoy in Mahlerplein.
The Streets of the World exhibition has been moved from Arnold Schönberglaan to Eduard van Beinumstraat, next to Zuidplein. As a result, this exhibition, featuring pictures of all 195 of the world’s capital cities, now has a great location within Zuidas. Come and see for yourself!
On 10 and 11 September 2022, thousands of monuments across the Netherlands will be opening their doors on Open Monuments Day (Open Monumentendag). In Zuidas, you can visit the monumental courthouse, the Burgerweeshuis (a former orphanage) or the Thomaskerk Church. The Zuidas Botanical Garden is also participating.
On 15 September, 2022, we are joining forces with Het Concertgebouw and Festival Muze van Zuid to organise a free open-air concert. This is your opportunity to become acquainted with the work of several women composers, whose names will be used for new streets and squares in Zuidas.
After a period of restrictions because of coronavirus, the Rialto VU movie theatre is now well and truly in business. From 20 to 27 August 2022, it will be the main venue for World Cinema Amsterdam, the annual festival featuring international movies, many of them by young directors.
There are plans to build social rented housing on the former site of the British School Amsterdam (BSA) in Fred. Roeskestraat. Since this will take a while, we have temporarily relandscaped the area, making it a lot greener. Pupils from the Geert Groote College nearby could not be happier.
The former courthouse in Parnassusweg will soon be home to a museum of modern art. Until then, the building is being put to good use by artists. Dorette Evers has even transformed the two raised beds in front of the building into a paint garden.
In April, we held an information meeting about the restructuring work in the central section of De Boelelaan. The meeting focused on the draft design for the green section, the building of the art bridge and the new infrastructure. We promised to report on what was discussed.