What is the relationship of public, private, and collective urban spaces? How can identity and security be created in the vast 1970's urban peripheries of the European cities? How can its inhabitants be stimulated to appropriate themselves of the urban space in denial?

This project proposes a sustainable redevelopment for the socially segregated and spatially fragmented Westelijke Tuinsteden of Amsterdam (WTA). The goal is to integrate its mostly foreign migrant population, to stimulate emotional security, social equity, and a sense of community. A series of topic based modification proposals for the existing high rise buildings is explored, paired with low rise development models for better use and control of the urban open spaces. The current configuration with 80% of the surface in between the urban block structures being public spaces -that can neither be maintained nor secured- is transformed into 100% private or collective spaces. New public private partnerships and urban collectives are proposed. The micro-scale of the city is explored, replacing urban monotony with social diversity in order to stimulate a successful coexistence of the numerous urban life worlds and cultures that characterize this area.


A Company (Oliver Schütte) with Artgineering (Stephan Bendix) and LIAG (Erik Schotte)

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Status: Competition

Year: 2003