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24th Annual Conference

June 28 - July 1, 2017, Delft, The Netherlands.

TU Delft

Excursion to the Overhoeks area, Amsterdam North, Saturday, 1 July, 2017

Excursion departure: 12.30h at Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, Congress Information Desk
You will travel by intercity train from Delft to Amsterdam Central Station.
Train departure: 12:54h, track 1 at Delft Station
Return to Delft: 16.34h from Amsterdam Central Station, track 2a (intercity train).
Train arrival at Delft Station: 17:34h.

You can register for this excursion at the ERES Conference Information Desk. The maximum amount of participants is 20. Registrations are made on a first come, first serve basis.
The excursion to Amsterdam offers a guided tour of some of the highlights of the Overhoeks development. Explanations will have an academic character. The tour includes a cultural treat.
The tour of the area will be on foot. Choose your attire accordingly. Check the local weather conditions closer to the date, and your clothing and/or bring rain/sun protection. The average local temperature in July is 19 degrees Celsius, with a fair possibility of rainfall.

Tom Daamen, TU Delft, Department of Management in the Built Environment Serhat Başdoĝan, TU Delft, Department of Management in the Built Environment.
Tours have a minimum booking requirement, and are subject to cancellation by the ERES Conference Organizer. Check the status of the excursion at the Conference Information Desk.


Waterfront development has become an important part in the development of Amsterdam. Traditionally Amsterdam was always focused on the IJ. However, the central station, railway embankments and dockyards raised a barrier between the IJ and the city centre 120 years ago. Today, the IJ is given back to the city with the construction of dwellings, businesses and cultural amenities on both sides of the IJ. The redevelopment of the IJ-banks is prompted by the renewed awareness of the potential value of water in and around the city, in terms of (economic) development space, high experiential value and recreational possibilities. Priority of the redevelopment for the next 10 years is on projects that have already been put in motion, like Overhoeks, Buiksloterham, NDSM-werf, Houthavens, Zeeburgereiland and IJburg Phase 2.

The transformation of the southern IJ-banks to an urban residential and working area is reaching completion. This shifts the focus of activities to the northern IJ-banks which will also be developed to a residential- and working area, but with its own character. For the period after 2020, a distinction is made between the western and eastern part of the IJ-banks. The western IJ-banks will focus on the interaction between city and harbour, while the eastern IJ-banks will focus on the interaction between town and recreation.

Overhoeks is located on the northern banks of the IJ, directly opposite the central station. The site has been designated as a ‘metropolitan place’ in the Structural Vision 2040, which implicates a place with high development potential. The 20 hectare site became available for redevelopment after Shell sold the land to ING Real Estate. Shell relocated all its research and office functions to the New Technology Centre (NTC) on a 7 hectare plot adjacent to the redevelopment site. The relocation offered a unique chance to redevelop a site that has been cut off from the city for a century, into a new mixed residential and commercial district.