Tour With Locals: Zuidas Amsterdam

September 29-30 4:00 PM - 09:00 PM // 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM Amsterdam
GBD Innovation Club invites professionals from neighboring geographic areas to join the Local Tour to Amsterdam to discover Zuidas global business district and its team


Day 1

16:00 – 16:10 Welcome speech by Pieter-Jan Jongen (Deputy director Zuidas) and David van Traa (Director at Zuidas)

16:10– 18:00 General presentation of the GBD of Zuidas

  • governance,
  • strategy and ambitions,
  • economic model,
  • urban development plan and major projects,
  • environmental dimension.

19:00 – 21:00 Diner

Day 2

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome coffee

09:30 – 10:00 Zuidas real estate market

10:00-11:30 Presentation of special challenges and solutions for the Zuidas GBD

▪ Mobility, Accessibility and Infrastructure

Projects and programs aimed at sensitization of residents and talents of Zuidas to the use of environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Through the creation of mobility hubs, stimulation programs such as the Zuidas mobility experience, development of mobility as a service and the use social surveys designed to help improve the existing system. And of course, the Zuidasdok project, which is a 3-billion-euro project undertaken by the national government and the city to improve the combined subway and railway stations at Zuidas in connection to local and
regional public transport. Zuidas will be the future location in Amsterdam for international trains to and from the UK, Germany, and France.

▪ Climate Change and Sustainability

Projects, programs, and initiatives in collaboration with companies and property owners and developers active in the Zuidas GBD to manage the effects of climate change and to contribute to climate goals. Zuidas does not use natural gas and has several programs and in place to cope with changing heat, (rain)water en ecological challenges.

12:00 – 13:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 – 16:30 Visite of Zuidas area

▪ Valley

With its landscape of jagged stone terraces, bay-windows, and balconies, covered in dense planting designed by landscape architect Piet Oudolf, Valley brings much-needed greening to Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district. Designed for EDGE Technologies, the 75,000m2 mixed-use project contains apartments, shops, offices, cultural institutes, and a creative centre, highlighted by a publicly accessible “valley floor” located on the building’s podium, at the 4th and 5th floors.

▪ Knowledge Quarter Zuidas

Knowledge Quarter differs from the rest of Zuidas thanks to the dominant presence of institutes of research and knowledge. The area is known primarily as the location of the VU University Amsterdam, the VU Medical Centre (VUmc), as well as the ACTA building (dental training), the O2 lab building (Human Health and Life Sciences) and the OZW building (various education and care-related courses). In the near future, these buildings will be joined by the Imaging Centre (a diagnostic centre of the VUmc) and a new building for the CCA (Cancer Centre Amsterdam).



Pieter-Jan Jongen Deputy Director Zuidas
David van Traa Director at Zuidas
Paco Bunnik Lead Urban Designer, Gemeente Amsterdam
Jaap Brouwer Urban Planner at Soeters Van Eldonk architects
Isabelle van den Bouwhuijsen Manager Mobility program for Zuidas, VRA and the department for transport
Jaco Perlot Deputy Director Zuidasdok
Eline Kik Director of the Green Business Club Zuidas
Tom van Es Program-manager Sustainability