The ‘hinterland’ Amsterdam-Durgerdam

Centrale Dorpenraad Landelijk Noord

Thematic route link
The circular city

It is hard to believe that just North of the IJ in Amsterdam, there is an agricultural landscape with small villages, a diversity of different types of farms (all in all around 30), good conditions for meadow birds and a total of around 2500 inhabitants. This open landscape is well known: a recent survey has counted 3 million recreationists per year. The challenge here is to develop a vision that helps sustain this widely appreciated landscape in the urban fringe, against the background of sinking peatlands and associated CO2 emissions, a complex system of water management measures, and a highly diverse and active population. How can the historical cultural landscape, with its diverse attractions and longstanding relations with the city of Amsterdam, enhance a type of recreation that is adding qualities for the people in the area and also make the special qualities visible?

The atelier team will explore the different views and wishes, and design future scenarios to inspire future developments. The Dorpsraad takes an active position in the process and the Atelier team is to work closely together with representatives of this group.

Questions in this project involve the following:

  • How can measures taken in city and countryside mutually strengthen one another in such a way that this open land in the vicinity of the city can withstand pressures, such as those related to climatic changes?
  • What are the unique qualities and challenges of the area and to what extent are they interrelated?
  • How can recreation and tourism contribute to sustainable regional and local development, taking into account environmental, economic and socio-cultural perspectives?

Atelier students

Kay van Hulst

Kay has a bachelor degree in Spatial Planning and became eager to gain more in-depth knowledge about the contemporary spatial challenges. Therefore, he decided to continue with the MSc Spatial Planning at Wageningen University. He is highly interested in governance processes and the interaction between governments and the public.

Jelmer Boersma

Jelmer received his Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture in 2015 and is in his final phase of the Master Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning. After completing his internship at Design and Consultancy firm Arcadis, he gained work experience in India as an employee of Arcadis Nederland. He worked in an multicultural and interdisciplinary team on the Smart City Project in Guwahati for the last seven months, making a design for a 6 km long riverfront and an urban wetland.

Lili Koppány

Lili wrote her bachelor thesis about public sports from a landscape architect point of view, focusing mainly on facilitating outdoor fitness and street workout. She graduated in BSc Landscape Architecture at University Szent István in Budapest. During her Bachelor studies, she specialised on garden architecture. While doing her Master studies, she started an one-year exchange at Wageningen University in September, to get inspired by a new educational environment.

Rick Stegeman

Rick obtained a BSc in the major Spatial Planning, and is interested in scenario and long-term planning. He also has an interest in environmental psychology. Therefore, Rick wrote his bachelor about psychological motives for the choice of mode of transport and how these are influenced by surroundings. Rick decided to continue with the MSc Spatial Planning and is now planning to develop his knowledge in more contemporary forms of spatial planning.

Hao Yan

Hao got his BSc in Landscape Architecture in China, during his Bachelor study he did his thesis of river bank transformation and some projects about wetland park, both related to ‘sponge city’ concept and storm rain water adaptive design. When he came to the Netherlands, he firstly did a pre-master program at Wageningen University, then now is completing the 1st year MSc in Landscape Architecture.

Angelica Gyllenbäck

Angelica is from Sweden, has a BSc in Landscape Architecture, and is now finishing her final year of her MSc within Landscape Architecture as an Erasmus student at Wageningen University. She has a wide span of interests within the field, amongst else plant design, water management and biomimicry.

Tjitte Woudstra

Tjitte has a bachelor degree in Landscape architecture and now continuing with his master. With an extra half year of studying in Sweden planned, he expects to receive his master degree within two years. He is interested in the history in landscape and likes to make this link visible in the landscape.

Background reading

To maximize time in the field, there is a working space available for the students to work locally at the Dorpsraad.