The social approach of Buenos Aires 8/9

During this event, we presented the project BACircular in Amsterdam and two architects from Buenos Aires presented their Social Design approach.

The program took place Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 20.00

The main theme of the event was:

What can Argentinian creatives contribute to sustainable urban development in the Netherlands? With special guests from Buenos Aires.

As the local government has come to facilitate, rather than control, social innovation and sustainable practices, the city of Buenos Aires is witnessing the rise of a new player in its urban development: its creative citizens. Social designers, architects, and other creatives are actively addressing the challenges in their city. What could the more rational and planned city makers movement in Amsterdam learn from the highly social, holistic and hands-on approach of these Argentinian creatives?

In anticipation of the Buenos Aires Amsterdam Circular week from 6-11 November 2017, we invited Argentinian and Dutch city makers (with their roots in social enterprise, sustainability, design, and art) to explore and discuss their achievements, common challenges, and social gains.

The projects presented by two architects from Buenos Aires were:


We debated with a group of organisations and city makers involved in the collaboration (Paul de Graaf, Eva Gladek, Sascha Glasl, Caro Isern) how to get used of the social qualities of projects from Buenos Aires in Amsterdam and the potential gains of working together.

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Program Plug-in Social, improvement of precarious housing


Architecture students of Universidad de Morón built a house for a family in need in Santiago del Estero.


Background and framework of the Project: A Goood Foundation, Metabolic, Space&Matter and Pakhuis de Zwijger work on establishing a structural partnership between the Netherlands and Argentina in the field of sustainable (urban) development, together with several institutions and organisations from both countries. Through public events, Metropolitan Field Trips and the development of international creative CityLabs in both Buenos Aires and Amsterdam, various stakeholders that are working on social design, circular and sustainability (city) challenges are brought together for knowledge exchange and bilateral business creation. Doing so, the circular economy is put to practice, accelerating the transition towards sustainable cities.


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