Amsterdam Centre for Architecture was set up as a foundation in 1986 and concentrates its activities in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. Arcam aims to reach the largest possible public in order to broaden architecture’s appeal and zeros in on topical issues and developments in Amsterdam, so that the discussion about the future is constantly fuelled.
Amsterdam Centre for Architecture is the starting point for all who are interested in architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture. It is a museum about the city, a gallery of designers and architects and a platform for the city’s users. It shows citizens, visitors and businesses what architecture has to offer and what the value of spatial design is for the urban environment. With its programme Amsterdam Centre for Architecture wishes to increase the love of architecture.
We choose to propagate architecture in form and content, and claim the city’s domain as its stage. Arcam desires to represent the contemporary transcendence of disciplines in the field, and wants to increase its public function.
Arcam values the involvement of the end user with the debate, and simultaneously emphasizes the design, in which the power and quality of architecture come to the fore. Arcam has the knowledge and the network to be able to reflect on current issues in architecture and co-produces experiment, research and design. This way, Arcam transforms from a solely presenting organisation to one that both presents and produces.
Arcam’s programme is divided in a fixed and a dynamic part. The fixed collection is exhibited in the iconic Arcam building at the Prins Hendrikkade, and answers the most diverse questions by visitors and citizens of Amsterdam. Current architecture and future architectural designs are on display here in the context of the rich architectural history of the city. The dynamic part of the programme develops and is co-produced with partners in the field. Here Arcam chooses long-term projects, which are focused on topical issues. The results of these projects are shared with the city’s users in the form of exhibitions and public events. The intention is to eventually present the city with a proposition. Not only will there be reflection, contemplation and debate, but Arcam initiates a more practical approach to making the city, with the input of constructors, designers and users.