Urban Renewal in West

In the 1950s and 1960s, Ams­ter­dam grew beyond its for­mer bor­der, the motor­way ringroad. Exten­sive new res­i­den­tial areas were cre­at­ed in the west of the city, based on an urban plan from the 1930s, with large apart­ment blocks and low-rise row hous­es, float­ing in pub­lic green space. Only twen­ty years lat­er, how­ev­er, Ams­ter­dam-West turned into a prob­lem­at­ic dis­trict with a high per­cent­age of immi­grants and unem­ploy­ment. Recent urban renew­al inter­ven­tions, includ­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of many areas and the intro­duc­tion of new dwelling types, promise to change this situation.

In con­trast to the his­toric cen­tre, Ams­ter­dam-West offers space for archi­tec­tur­al exper­i­ments. The results are part­ly spec­tac­u­lar projects with bold colours and con­cepts, but also some attempts to cre­ate inno­v­a­tive res­i­den­tial mod­els for the spe­cif­ic tar­get groups in this post­war neighbourhood.

We’ll take you on a tour along prime exam­ples of post-war hous­ing as well as recent urban renew­al projects.


Programme: Urban Renewal in West

  • Airey: pre­fab hous­ingsysys­tem (J.F. Berghoef, 1951 / Hooyschu­ur, 2017)
  • Hous­ing block “De Verf­doos” (Allert Warn­ers, 1954 / Van Scha­gen, 2010)

  • Hous­ing block Parkrand (MVRDV, 2006)
  • Vis­it to the Van Eesteren Muse­um (Kor­te­knie Stuhlmach­er, 2017)
  • Old Peo­ple’s hous­ing WoZo­Co ( MVRDV, 1998)
  • Res­i­den­tial area Staal­man­plein: social Hous­ing, own­er-occu­pied hous­ing, day­care and mosque (Onix, Win­hov, Arons en Gelauff, 2010) 

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