Met andere ogen: Landschapsfestival

Build, look, experience and marvel... at the Netherlands' first urban landscape festival!

Nature is weird and wonderful. It's just that us city dwellers have lost sight of the living world around us for a bit. Nature is a source of beauty and comfort, of relaxation and well-being, but it is now also in crisis. Diversity is declining and habitats are disappearing. In the ecological recovery lying ahead, the city plays a remarkable role: not only as a hotspot for biodiversity, but also as a daily meeting place where we can forge links between human and other life.

For Met andere ogen ('with other eyes'), Waag Futurelab invites you to set your sights on the Amsterdam Science Park and discover the city as a living place, together with artists, local residents and scientists. During this landscape festival, together we will build a different relationship with nature. Over the summer months, workshops, installations and biodiverse interventions will shift our attention from bricks and structures to the critters and soil.

After all, what better way to protect nature than to make people fall in love with the landscapes around them?

Take a walk! 

Take a walk along the amazing walking route across the Amsterdam Science Park past all the installations and biodiverse interventions! You can pick up a map at Café-Restaurant Polder (address: Science Park 201) from June until September 2023.

Course of the festival

Between 1 June and 14 June 2023 the construction period took place. There were several workshops you can participate in. Below you'll find what these workshops entailed. On the longest day of the year, 21 June, the walking route along all the biodiversity interventions and artistic constructions of the festival was officially opened. Read more about the Midsummer Night Celebration! After this, all structures and planted ideas will be allowed to grow during the slow summer months. You can pick up walking tickets at café Polder during these months and see the Amsterdam Science Park through other eyes. We will close Met andere ogen: Landschapsfestival festively during the 'Intreeweek' ('entrance week', last week of August 2023) with a large group of new students.

Workshops in May and June 2023

Multispecies Living Room

Workshop 1: Artistic eco-workshop textile dyeing
Friday 19 May 2023 | 16:00 - 19:00 | Amsterdam Science Park
Take part in the workshop making cocoons from naturally dyed textiles with the Onkruidenier! 

Workshop: Multispecies Patchwork (a cocoon as a safe shelter)
Thursday 1 June 2023 | 16:00 - 19:00 | Amsterdam Science Park
Take part in the cocoon assembly and planting workshop on location! 

A more-than-human shelter

Workshop: Rammed earth (a more-than-human shelter)
Weekend 3-4 June 2023 | 13:00 - 18:00 | Amsterdam Science Park
Help build a more-than-human shelter. This workshop focuses on 'rammed earth', or making building blocks by compressing locally mined materials.

Workshop: Biomaterials (a more-than-human shelter)
Weekend 10-11 June 2023 | 13:00 - 17:00 | Amsterdam Science Park
Help build a more-than-human shelter. The second focuses on biominerals and bioplastics, introducing us to the natural material flows of rock, carbon, water and nutrients.

Build with what is already there in Anna's permaculture garden

Workshop: Build with bamboo
Saturday 3 June 2023 | 10:00 - 13:00 | Amsterdam Science Park
In this workshop you will get an inside look at Anna's Garden & Ruigte and their way of building with bamboo. You will also get to work yourself, helping to build the dome. 

Midsummer Night Celebration

Midsummer Night Celeberation
Wednesday 21 June 2023 | 17:00 - 22:00 hrs | Amsterdam Science Park
We celebrate the longest day of the year as well as the beginning of summer. Come to the Midsummer Night Celebration at the Amsterdam Science Park and find inspiration, good food or a new perspective - and maybe even all three.

Met andere ogen is a collaboration between Amsterdam Science Park, Waag Futurelab, Spark Village, Anna's Tuin & Ruigte and Amsterdam University College. The Pilot is co-funded by EU HorizonEurope funds through the Waag Urban Ecology Lab.






Amsterdam Science Park

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1098 XH Amsterdam


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This project has received funding from the European Commission under the H2020-SC5-20-2019 call under Grant Agreement number 868887.