We are pleased to welcome you to our upcoming CREATE Salon on Living with Water in Amsterdam.

Date: Wednesday, 19th October, 2022
Time: 15:00 – 17:00 CET

This will be a hybrid event:
Physical Location: E-Lab (0.16), BG1, Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (Turfdraagsterpad 9)
Virtual Location: Zoom link
If you intend to be there in person (which would be lovely),
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Post the salon, we will hop over to Kapitein Zeppos to continue conversations over drinks!
We look forward to seeing you!

In this Salon, organized jointly by CREATE and the Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM), we discuss how historical knowledge about the management of urban challenges in the past is a potential source of inspiration to design sustainable solutions for the future. We do so with Boudewijn Koopmans from the Amsterdam Time Machine, Indira van ‘t Klooster from Arcam (Architecture Center Amsterdam), Wietse Balster from 3DAmsterdam, and Clemens Beck from the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) of Jena. These partners have collaborated at the pilot project ‘Living with water in Amsterdam’, which aims to collect, analyze, and visualize historical data on water in the city. The project has materialised in an exhibition at Arcam showcasing interactive installations of the past, present, and future of Amsterdam’s relation with water in the Kattenburg area. The FSU Jena has made available a semi-automated pipeline and a prototype VR application to visualize historical image-based reconstructions of disappeared buildings.


Amsterdam Time Machine: How knowledge of the past helps us dealing with the future
Boudewijn Koopmans | Project Manager of Amsterdam Time Machine (ATM)

Boudewijn Koopmans has been project manager of the ATM since mid-2022. As a project manager, Koopmans is involved in forging partnerships in the field of research, the technical infrastructure of the ATM, and multimedia applications. He will be working on the generation of additional funding that will help bringing the Time Machine’s dream closer. Koopmans was educated at the Amsterdam Academy of Banking and Finance and in 2014 he obtained a Master’s degree in Art and Culture Studies at the Open University. His career started in telecom & multimedia and in 2008 he moved to the museum sector, where he worked successively at the Cobra Museum, the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis and the National Maritime Museum, responsible for fundraising, relationship management and collaboration with business communities and social organisations.

The exhibit ‘Fluid matter’ at Arcam
Indira van’t Klooster | Director of the Amsterdam Architecture Center (Arcam)

Indira van ‘t Klooster is the director of the Amsterdam Architecture Center (Arcam), where she has been exploring with many parties how a city model with digital layers can be a tool in the use of data for the big design questions for the future. At Pakhuis de Zwijger she presents various events on current themes in architecture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of A10 new European architecture magazine and cooperative, as well as senior advisor on architectural policies for politicians, clients and architects at Architectuur Lokaal. She graduated as architectural historian at the University of Amsterdam in 1996.

3D Amsterdam as vehicle to time travel 
Wietse Balster | Product Owner 3D Amsterdam at Municipality of Amsterdam 

Wietse Balster has been working for the City of Amsterdam since 2008 and has a background in geo-information/GIS and Spatial Planning. As Product Owner, he has been leading the development of 3D Amsterdam since 2019: a project in which the entire city is recreated in a Virtual 3D environment to be used for a wide range of applications. One is time travel. 

The 4DCity App
Clemens Beck | Research Associate at the Junior Professorship Digital Humanities at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (FSU)

Clemens Beck is a Research Associate at the Junior Professorship Digital Humanities at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (FSU) where he coordinates the two research projects ‘DFG 3D-Viewer’ and ‘Jena 4D’. Between 2020 and 2022, he was Research Associate at the Institute of Computer Science at FSU, working on the research project ‘CORE-H: a digital research environment for the humanities. Requirements analysis and first prototypical realization using the example of research on southwestern and central German humanism’. Prior to that, he was Research assistant at the Goethe and Schiller Archive of the Klassik-Stiftung Weimar and lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, University of Erfurt, and at FSU. He has a background in History and Economics (BA) and in in interdisciplinary medieval studies (MA) and holds a PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, with a PhD scholarship from the Hans Böckler Foundation and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.