The University of Amsterdam is building the University Quarter at and around the Binnengasthuis premises. In the future, this campus will serve as the home base for students, employees and researchers of the Faculty of Humanities. The UvA-wide University Library will also occupy a prominent location on the campus.
In the city centre of Amsterdam, between the red-light district and the shopping streets, lies the historical centre of Amsterdam. There’s good reason that this is the ideal place for the University Quarter. It is the birthplace of our University, in which knowledge, culture and reflection are interwoven. The campus is a logical home base for both students, staff, residents and businessmen and women in the city. It offers space for education and research of the Faculty of Humanities, as well as the University Library. Other UvA-related facilities will also be given a prominent place, such as a Congress Hall, museums, theatre and the administrative headquarters. This is why the University Quarter is the perfect meeting place for anyone interested in science, and therefore the academic centre in the heart of Amsterdam.
The new campus will be a place for anyone interested in the interface between culture and science. Interaction with the city is an inextricable element of academic life, especially in the Humanities.
Collaboration between the various disciplines within the faculty and with society has become a matter of routine. This collaboration is conducted in many forms: from a Russian exhibition text in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and work placement positions in EYE to 3D reconstructions of Amsterdam's city centre for the Amsterdam Museum.
Tourism in its many guises is putting immense pressure on Amsterdam city centre and the University Quarter environs. How can Amsterdam take measures to alleviate this pressure?
Mayor Halsema asked Professor Zef Hemel to develop a long-term vision for the historic city centre. Hemel conducted research and wrote his vision for the city centre (PDF download in Dutch). This vision includes an analysis of the situation today and recommendations for maintaining and improving the historic city centre. Hemel also has suggestions for an approach to reducing congestion in the city centre and improving the liveability there.
Bringing peace and quiet to public spaces
In his fourth recommendation, Hemel takes the University Quarter as an example. In order to increase the peace and quiet in the city centre, the management of the area needs to be addressed. The City of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam (UvA), entrepreneurs and residents must tackle this together.
Watch the video about the University Quarter (source: City of Amsterdam):