Launch of Maakschap Amsterdam: Keeping makers in the city

From big industries to small workshops, makers have helped make Amsterdam what it is. Scattered throughout the city, you will find individual makers, collectives, artisans and creative entrepreneurs. However, their future in the city is under severe pressure as they are pushed out of the city by high rents and gentrification. In this programme, in Pakhuis de Zwijger we will discuss with developers, politicians, researchers and makers the possibilities and collaborations we can realise in the short and long term for more livelihoods for makers. We will also launch 'Maakschap Amsterdam', a lively community where makers can learn from each other, for a future-proof maker climate.

About the programme

In recent years, Waag, the HMC and Pakhuis de Zwijger have worked together to create visibility and a better position for makers in Amsterdam under the European project Centrinno. The main goal is to ensure that makers do not have to leave the city and the city does not lose the necessary makers. Towards the goal of a circular Amsterdam by 2050, makers in the city can play a key role. By securing space in the city for these artisans and entrepreneurs, materials we have in the city can be used in a local way. In other words, one step closer to a circular Amsterdam!


  • Marlon Huysmans, urban developer and co-initiator of Made Up North
  • Jaap Schoufour, partner at STIPO
  • Erik Schmit, councillor D66
  • Daan Wijnants, councillor VVD Amsterdam
  • Amel Namane, councillor PvdA Amsterdam
  • Juliet Broersen, councillor Volt Amsterdam
  • Niels van der Wansem, furniture maker at Nielsmaakt

Moderator: Natasja van den Berg


About Centrinno

How can we preserve industrial heritage in the city and give it a new twist so that it plays a role in a new, local manufacturing economy? And how do we ensure that all creative, sustainable and social makers are not pushed out of the city because of excessive land and rent prices? Within the European project Centrinno, Waag, together with Pakhuis de Zwijger and the Hout- en Meubileringscollege, demonstrates the value of makerspaces in the city.






Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
1019 HC Amsterdam



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The Centrinno project is financed by the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 of the European Union under grant no. 869595.