Last Wednesday, the weather was amazing at the perfect location, Zoku rooftop. 75 City Enthusiasts gathered for an inspirational night to learn about how to create green spaces on rooftops, the maker store and its purpose, and Amsterdam nightlife by the Night Mayor himself! Our moderator of the night, was none other than our very own Linnea.
Julia Huisman of Rooftop Revolution
The first speaker of the night was Julia Huisman, Project Coordinator at Rooftop Revolution. Born and raised in Amsterdam, Julia is devoted to making our city green and found an amazing way to do just that! Rooftop Revolution started in 2016 with one main purpose: turn roof landscapes into beautiful green oasis. Julia shared the challenges they face, as well as the support they receive. Did you know the municipality subsidizes 50 percent of costs?
"Why are green roofs so great? They are a water buffer, improve air quality, cools the inside of the house and it doubles the lifespan of roofs."
Victor van Doorn of The Maker Store
Next to take the stage was Victor van Doorn – Co-creator of the Maker Store. The Maker Store is a platform to facilitate and inspire an income for the Amsterdam maker scene. There, they sell 90 different brands and makers; products that are made and designed here, and have a story. He invited his colleague Georgia to the floor to share some info on the Maker Market; the aim is to help makers find a bigger stage, reach potential audience and grow their client base.
"It is our aim to turn more people who have the potential to make things into makers."
Shamiro van der Geld of Nachtburgermeester (Night Mayor) Amsterdam
Closing the evening was the newly-elected Night Mayor of Amsterdam, Shamiro van der Geld. Shamiro shared with us how growing up, the night gave him a feeling of freedom. Shamiro sees himself as a bridge builder; with the aim for people to be a part of the city and connect with each other. As the Night Mayor, he is the spokesperson for Amsterdam nightlife and has the ear of the Mayor! One of his goals is to get more 24-hour permits in Amsterdam, especially for establishments like libraries.
"I always think about the empty chair, the people who are not here today. The boys and girls who are maybe still in school or having difficulties finding places like Zoku."
At the end of the evening, we noticed everyone disappeared – but they were outside enjoying the amazing weather and connecting with each other. Zoku is an amazing meeting space, you can connect with people, have amazing food and drinks while taking in a breathtaking view on the rooftop. Thank you Zoku for having us and thank you Amsterdam City Enthusiasts for coming out and sharing your enthusiasm.
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Words by Crystal Chittick
Images by Richard Rigby Photography
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