There is an enormous amount of pressure on the Amsterdam housing market. Demand is much higher than the current available housing stock.

In reaction to this situation, we see new lifestyles and new housing developing in the housing market. The new standard in the (inter)national housing market is small, short, and shared. What are the benefits of this for the city, and how can it be regulated to preserve a livable and accessible city?

A reaction to this situation involves houses rented based on temporary (tenant) contracts for short term residencies (five years or fewer). The basic principle of the protective Dutch tenant laws have always been long term residency or semi-permanent residency. What is the effect of these temporary contracts on the city, and how does it contribute to a livable and accessible city?


This topic will be discussed by two speakers. One speaker will show the new trends of micro-living, co-living, and shared living. The other speaker will show the impact of temporary contracts on the wellbeing of citizens and the neighbourhood.

Afterwards, a panel discussion will debate the pros and cons of the potential solutions and its implications on the city. How can the solutions contribute to a more open, diverse, undivided, and inclusive city?

This event will be in English.


 Joop de Boer, Pop Up City

 Abel Heijkamp, Bond Precaire Woonvormen.

Panelists consist of Winnie Terra from the Amsterdam Tenants’ Union (Huurdersvereniging Amsterdam), a representative from Gemeente Amsterdam, a representative from a housing association, and a current social housing tenant.



Huurdersvereniging Amsterdam (HA). The HA is an umbrella organisation of all kinds of tenants’ organisations in the city. The HA aims to be the ideal urban advocate of all current and future Amsterdam tenants, and defends the rights and opportunities to these tenants. This way, the HA wants to make sure there are enough affordable houses available for everyone throughout the city.

Pop Up City is a research company and blog that focuses on new urban innovations that improve quality of life and provide smart solutions to specific problems. It was launched by Golfstromen, an Amsterdam-based urban design and communications agency in 2008, out of a fascination for the ways in which citizens, organisations, enterprises, and governments were coming up with creative and flexible solutions to deal with the new urban dynamic.

Bond Precaire Woonvormen (BPW) is established to claim the rights of the anti-squat community and other temporary residents (‘flexbewoners’). BPW’s specialisation is in the field of what is characterised in the Netherlands as ‘precarious  forms of living and residency’. BPW informs and advises actively about e.g. the legal and (socially) precarious sides of anti-squatting.

BPW also offers legal assistance, legal advice, moral and financial support for aforementioned ‘flexbewoners’ who want to claim or defend their rights.


Date, time: 19 June 2017, 15:30 – 17:30

Location: Het Schip Museum, tower room

Fee: none


 Winnie Terra,  (winnie.terra@gmail.com)

 Evert van den Eshof , (e.vandeneshof@huurdersvereniging-amsterdam.nl)