Rebuilding collective identities after the war
June 2 2017
De Balie and architect Arna Mackic present a three part series about the role of architecture in the creation of inclusive cities. We investigate this by looking at former and current war-torn countries like Bosnia – Herzegovina and Syria, but also by looking at Western – European cities like Amsterdam, Stockholm and Paris, that because of shifting demographic compositions need to question their identity again and build on a common and shared heritage.
During this evening, we investigate from the viewpoint of architecture, the relationship between history, identity and mechanisms of in – and exclusion. We engage in a conversation with the Dutch national architect Floris Alkemade and the Swedish director for cultural heritage Qaisar Mahmood about the role and function of cultural heritage. How to give meaning to built environment in which all inhabitants, regardless of their background, can recognise themselves in? How to make inclusive places, places that symbolize a common history, without neglecting the black pages of the past?
With Jennifer Tosch, founder of the Black Heritage Tour in Amsterdam, Brussels and New York; the director of Monuments and Archeology of the municipality of Amsterdam Aart Oxenaar and architect Afaina de Jong we focus on Amsterdam and search for public spaces and heritage where we have succeeded to give it a more inclusive meaning and spaces who desperately need change or reinterpretation.
photos by Jan Boeve