RAI Amsterdam supports Volksvlijt2056

The exhibition Volksvlijt2056 was opened by Amsterdam municipal executive board member Eric van der Burg (responsible for spatial planning) on Tuesday 12 April, and will occupy the Amsterdam Central Library for three months. The name of the exhibition refers to the Paleis voor Volksvlijt, a huge cast-iron and glass structure originally built for industrial exhibitions, which stood in Amsterdam from 1864 to 1929. The exhibition is dedicated to the future of the Amsterdam metropolis, which is portrayed as standing at the beginning of its third golden age.

During the opening, the exhibition initiator Zef Hemel, the director of the Amsterdam public library system Martin Berendse and the mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan shared their vision of the future city. RAI Amsterdam deployed its project-related experience and communications expertise to help realise the exhibition.

Twelve designers will give their vision of the metropolis of the future within the framework of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to share their own ideas and enter into a dialogue with the designers, experts and each other on how the metropolis should look in 40 years. “Since the reopening of the Rijksmuseum in 2013, the city has received a torrent of tourists,” initiator Zef Hemel of the University of Amsterdam points out. “People and businesses are coming to Amsterdam in droves and hundreds of innovative startups are growing here. You can feel that the city is really going places. It is time to let go of the past and step into the future.”

RAI Amsterdam and Volksvlijt2056
The first exhibition ever organised by RAI Amsterdam took place in the former Paleis voor Volksvlijt in 1895. Where necessary, the RAI has contributed its project-related experience and communications expertise to Volksvlijt2056, in memory of this shared history and in response to Zef Hemel’s inspiring vision.

Volksvlijt2056 will be open daily from 12 April to 3 July 2016 in the Amsterdam Central Library from 10:00 to 22:00. In addition to the exhibition, there will be an interactive programme on the future of the metropolis to which all are welcome, with a different theme in focus every week. The programme is open, with contributions from both designers and other involved parties. For more information and the full programme, see the Volksvlijt2056 website.

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