NDSM (end of) Sum­mer School

2 to 7 October 2017 – NDSM-loods in Amsterdam

In light of the ten-year anniversary of the NDSM Art City Stichting NDSM-werf organises the NDSM (end) of Summer School. It is a one-week workshop at and about the NDSM-werf for students and (young) professionals to think about the value of the NDSM site and the importance of physical empty space and creative free havens in the city. During the intensive workshop programme, the participants will investigate how the social/cultural value (for example a variety of cultural experiences) can be set off against the economic value (for example financial profit) that can be obtained from the area, with the aim of then expressing this in words, images and through concrete interventions.

During the NDSM End of Summer School, we will work through a number of phases following a pressure cooker method. Spread over a 6-day process we will work from introduction to analysis and from research to creative output in the form of an intervention, a pamphlet, an article, a design or a visualisation. The participants will form coalitions on the basis of shared interests, within which they will work intensively over a short period towards concrete output and a closing presentation on the Saturday afternoon.


  • To allow participants to identify/depict the ‘value of empty space’ and to come up with a plan of action or intervention aimed at retaining this value, and thereby contributing to the future of the NDSM-werf and the development of the city as a whole.
  • To offer scope and support for the critical analyses and creative expressions of a new generation of artists, architects and others interested in urban themes.
  • To stimulate the social debate on the development of the city and focus attention on the NDSM-werf as a free space for everyone who is currently under pressure.

Lecturors, visiting critics and network
Tijs van den Boomen (journalist Het Parool), Elma van Boxel (urban planner, ZUS), Pietro Galgani and Michel Scholte (consultant True Price), Jerzy Gawronski (urban and maritime archaeologist University of Amsterdam), Michiel van Iersel (curator Non-fiction), Afaina de Jong (architect and founder of AFARAI), Eva de Klerk (urban initiator and 1st generation NDSM-loods), Bart Stuart and Klaar van der Lippe (artists Buro Spelen), Rieke Vos (curator Stichting NDSM-werf), amongst others.

Who is it for?
Professionals (architects, artists, journalists, etc.) and students from various institutes including at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Amsterdam University of the Arts (including the Academy of Architecture and Reinwardt Academy), the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Instituut. Students from other courses and institutes are also more than welcome.

The cost of participation is € 45 per participant. Lunch, coffee/tea and snacks will be provided by the organisation.

To register please send your name and a short bio to summerschool@ndsm.nl. We will admit a maximum of 25 participants.

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