At Zoku’s rooftop floor, a bunch of City Enthusiasts gathered together to hear four Amsterdammers speak of their projects and their passion. For this 21st edition of our event series, we asked Through Cities, GROWx, and The School of Life Amsterdam to speak for us on stage. Also worth mentioning was our first-time A City Made By People moderator for the evening, Helene Koole, who seemed to facilitate the event with ease.
If you’re new here, our local speaker events are for anyone and everyone who cares about the projects progressing Amsterdam as a city. That’s why each month we work hard to collect local speakers who’ll inspire your socks off. So without further ado, let’s introduce the first speakers at our event last week:
Kim Johnson & Georgia Taylor-Berry, the Founders of Through Cities
As an architect and urban designer, Kim & Georgia have traveled ‘through cities’ together for two years experiencing the most challenging urban environments. Carrying all their necessities, they travelled to cities in Australia, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Japan, South Korea, and China (just to name a few!).
Not only do they meet local architects along the way, but they also explore the culture of these cities by attentively observing its architecture, studying its streets and collecting quantifiable data. Using Through Cities as a platform, they’re able to share the knowledge they’ve gathered and the experiences they’ve shared to city enthusiasts like you. So keep a look out for their Through Cities magazine series, following their social would be my best bet!
“…we felt that by meeting these people [local architects] we can learn most about the cities that they lived in. And I mean, we’re all here tonight because cities made by people right so that’s sort of a big thing with our project.” - Georgia
John Apesos, Co-founder of GROWx
Up next was the enthusiastic John Apesos, Co-founder of vertical farming innovation GROWx. As one of the most unique farms in the world, GROWx produces clean, ready to eat, 100% nasty-free greens. Not only did John speak of his passion but he also told the story of how GROWx was built, not leaving out the defeats that come along with its successes.
"This [GROWx] is what the future of food is gonna look like." - John
He told us stories of how they started, how they got their funding, and where they are today. More so than that, John also explained to us how this innovative solution to urban farming has a lot of potential in densely populated areas, making cities the perfect target market.
With their very own GROWx lab in Amsterdam, John expressed how 'this is what the future of food is gonna look like.' And he'll have anyone believe it true because this is what he cares about, the future of food and the future of Amsterdam.
Daniel Tsuff, Head of Events at The School of Life Amsterdam
Our third and final speaker was Daniel Tsuff, sharing with us her experiences at The School of Life Amsterdam. After asking the crowd if we were familiar with the School of Life, she was happy to see the amount of hands raised up. But to refresh our memories, the School of Life is an educational organisation devoted to developing emotional intelligence. They address issues that can include: how to be in a relationship or not, finding that work/life balance, and how to understand one’s past.
Daniel organizes special events throughout Amsterdam (in churches, theatres, and cinemas) that focus on interaction, connection, and fun. She spoke of what she aims to achieve by organizing these events. Not only that but she also shared with us her personal story: how she left her life in advertising, to opening a concept store, to where she is today at The School of Life Amsterdam.
At the end of the evening, we encouraged our guests to get to know one another and our speakers. With a few cold beverages courtesy of Zoku, it didn't take long for the room to fill with laughter and conversation.
We'd like to give a special high-five to our local speakers who made the event a captivating one. We'd also like to thank our friends at Zoku for their constant co-operation, and to all those who made it last Wednesday.
If you'd like to join us for the next A City Made By People event, keep the 15th of November free. We're definitely hoping to see you there!
Words by Sarah Picolet
Pictures by Richard Rigby Photography
If you missed out on taking home a journal at our event, you can find them at our online store here: https://store.acitymadebypeople.com/