At Home in the City
The studio 'At Home in the City' focuses on the contemporary and future urban architecture on the scale of both the dwelling and the city. It is a response to the current changes in the field of urban and social patterns and the urgent need for sustainable solutions in housing. New architectural concepts are desired, so that once again we can feel at home in the city. The development of spatial strategies, anticipating on particular identities and lifestyles, innovative building typologies, programmatic variations and new technical innovations in the field of sustainability and materialization are hereby required.
The city that serves as the site for this studio is Amsterdam. Since this capital city is such a vibrant and popular place to live for the city dwellers housing in Amsterdam is still scarce. Although there are numerous new designs ready to be built, a vast majority of these plans will never leave the drawing board. This has to do with another theme that is linked to this studio. Due to financial problems many urban and architectural projects can't be built, therefore leaving a lot of undeveloped land waiting for a solution.
The project-area is situated in Oud-West next to the old tram depot 'De Hallen'. In the near future 'De Hallen' will be transformed into a center for creative businesses. The adjacent undeveloped land has been given a temporary function in the form of the 'Bellamy Garden': a large open field where residents can create their own vegetable garden. The design project provides new strategies and solutions for this undeveloped space in order to be able to create a new residential area.
The design is aimed at creating a great variety of open space around the living environment where the relation between the public and the private domain can be developed and improved. Three different living environments are created: living in a collective courtyard, living in a public city-garden and living in a car-free street. Together these three areas will form an environment which may appeal to all sorts of people. The Bellamy Garden will continue to exist as a temporary solution, but will also slowly make way for new developments.
You can download the presentation on the right. Posters can be sent on request.