Another brick in the Wall at the Marineterrein

Bureau Marineterrein

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The Ludic city

The Marineterrein administrators aim to turn the site into a future-proof urban district, “where open innovation is possible, and a place where solutions for global challenges are devised, tested, and applied”. Public spaces will play an important role as part of this transition, both in terms of spatial allocation (roughly 50% of the area) and of functional profile. There is a high premium placed on public spaces that provide a diverse and inclusive learning environment, as well as an infrastructure for outdoor sport activities.

The old brick facade (AKA the Wall), which provides main access to and enclosure of the area is considered a key element in mediating the spatial and social relations with the Kattenburgerstraat and the Kattenburg neighbourhood.

Therefore, the main challenge to be addressed by the atelier team is to deal with the wall as an active agent in combining the ambitions of becoming a leading innovation hub with social inclusion, learning and playing for the people of Amsterdam.

Questions in this project involve the following:

  • What can be the use and meaning of public space on the Marineterrein for the neighbourhood and for the city?
  • What can be the role of the Wall in the ambition of the Marineterrein to become an inclusive and diverse place?
  • In what ways could play activities inspire the design and use of the future public spaces at Marineterrein?

The outcome of this project is expected to support future interactions between the Marineterrein and its environs. Students will also present the outcomes of their project during a meetup with professionals, neighbourhood and community at the event What Makes The City.

Amsterdam has a longstanding legacy of progressive movements and creative interventions in public spaces. The latter have served across time as a main vehicle for developing a mature participatory culture, which shares strong ties to the fundamental activity of play. Whether we take as reference Aldo van Eyck’s work on urban playgrounds or the more recent history of social centres and creative breeding places (broedplaatsen), play activities, in all their articulations, provided a fertile ground for stimulating social inclusion and learning in the city.