POINTS OF INTEREST
The Architecture Centrum Amsterdam is dedicated to promoting modern Dutch architecture and organizes exhibitions, lectures, and tours (there's an extensive list of specialist tour companies and individuals on their website) They publish a wide range of maps and guides both in print and online, including ARCAM's selection of the contemporary essentials for Amsterdam, 25 Buildings You Should Have Seen. Its swoopy and silver building has become an architectural icon. Every Friday at 1:30 ARCAM organizes an English language "Crash Course in Amsterdam" architectural history lecture (€7.50) followed by a guided tour (€20). Reservations are a good idea if you're interested.