Since 2022


Prins Hendrikkade 600

1011 VX Amsterdam


Arcam is the architecture centre of Amsterdam. We organise programmes about architecture and urban development. Our exhibitions, debates, and research projects are accessible, yet critical; mindful of history, but always with an outlook towards the future. For our upcoming exhibition we will explain the Amsterdam water system and how it regulates water levels and quality in one of the most densely populated areas of the Netherlands. Due to the need for more homes and climate change, the system will be more heavily taxed in the future rather than less heavily. As a result, the network of dykes, pumping stations, locks and weirs is currently at the peak of its capacity. This means that choices will have to be made in the future, but it also offers opportunities for new ways of dealing with water.