I am researcher with Erasmus University and Ministry of Netherlands (Heritage and Culture)   All-day excursion Amsterdam. Unlike the other days of the course, today we maneuvered our way through the city. We had a wonderful bus ride through wind mill avenues with an anticipated excitement opening to the garden village of Amsterdam. Marching along, we see gorgeous houses, sparkling canals, more bikes than people, and an assortment of interesting and strange sights. The first session started with Stadsherstel Amsterdam, founded in 1956: a realistic PPP model, step by step started by citizens and private institutions (thus a private initiative), collaborating for safeguarding built heritage. Had a cozy coffee break among the backdrop of an upcoming Opera hall! The second destination was former tram remise De Hallen, where we met with Van Stigt Architects, exploring the amazing methods of managing the industrial heritage with an integral vision of development by action through adaptive reuse. Too much to take in a go!!! We had a great lunch in a factory-converted café- restaurant Amsterdam with exotic Dutch cuisine followed by a march through the Westergasfabriek redevelopment, hitting the Westergas Terrace. We had the best narrator exploring the hardships to go with heritage management while gazing through the Westerpark. On the way to BMA at De Bazel, through the richness of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, we noticed canals everywhere. In some areas there even were boats in the canals which served as very nice, but expensive residences. At BMA we had a wonderful session on Amsterdam tourism, archaeology, issues on housing, industrial heritage, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canal District, the system of docks and bridges, social values, the art of painting urban DNA and the intangible heritage of diversity of culture. Next we took a breath-taking canal tour through the green city… Unique in Europe!! The UHS team onboard had a real great time moseying down the canal. The day ended with exotic drinks and dinner at Restaurant Stork with all the course coordinators and referents. Don’t worry; I admired the beauty that surrounded me.

I am researcher with Erasmus University and Ministry of Netherlands (Heritage and Culture)   All-day excursion Amsterdam. Unlike the other days of the course, today we maneuvered our way through the city. We had a wonderful bus ride through wind mill avenues with an anticipated excitement opening to the garden village of Amsterdam. Marching along, we see gorgeous houses, sparkling canals, more bikes than people, and an assortment of interesting and strange sights. The first session started with Stadsherstel Amsterdam, founded in 1956: a realistic PPP model, step by step started by citizens and private institutions (thus a private initiative), collaborating for safeguarding built heritage. Had a cozy coffee break among the backdrop of an upcoming Opera hall! The second destination was former tram remise De Hallen, where we met with Van Stigt Architects, exploring the amazing methods of managing the industrial heritage with an integral vision of development by action through adaptive reuse. Too much to take in a go!!! We had a great lunch in a factory-converted café- restaurant Amsterdam with exotic Dutch cuisine followed by a march through the Westergasfabriek redevelopment, hitting the Westergas Terrace. We had the best narrator exploring the hardships to go with heritage management while gazing through the Westerpark. On the way to BMA at De Bazel, through the richness of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, we noticed canals everywhere. In some areas there even were boats in the canals which served as very nice, but expensive residences. At BMA we had a wonderful session on Amsterdam tourism, archaeology, issues on housing, industrial heritage, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canal District, the system of docks and bridges, social values, the art of painting urban DNA and the intangible heritage of diversity of culture. Next we took a breath-taking canal tour through the green city… Unique in Europe!! The UHS team onboard had a real great time moseying down the canal. The day ended with exotic drinks and dinner at Restaurant Stork with all the course coordinators and referents. Don’t worry; I admired the beauty that surrounded me.
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I am researcher with Erasmus University and Ministry of Netherlands (Heritage and Culture)   All-day excursion Amsterdam. Unlike the other days of the course, today we maneuvered our way through the city. We had a wonderful bus ride through wind mill avenues with an anticipated excitement opening to the garden...