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.

Atelier students team

Man Du

After working for more than five years in her home country China, ManDu returned to studying in Wageningen UR where she majors in Landscape Architecture. Based on the her experience, she is familiar with the project process, as a landscape designer, especially focusing on developing concepts and shaping the space.

Sjors de Greeff

Before specializing in Landscape Architecture at Wageningen UR, Sjors completed his practical education as a landscaper/gardener at De Groene Campus in Helmond and earned his bachelor degree  in Garden and Landscape Architecture at Van Hall Larenstein. His educational background in the more practice-oriented academics helps him with creating ideas that are supported by creativity and feasibility.

Niki Kampen

Niki continued her master in Landscape Architecture after completing her bachelor in the same field in Wageningen. As she grew up in Amsterdam, she has seen the Marineterrein evolving from the city enclave that it used to be into the festive, promising zone that it has become. Her expertise and preference lies in designing on smaller scales in an urban context and on altering project efficiency into aesthetic results that articulate the landscape’s identity.

Õnne Kask

Õnne, from Estonia, is the Land-Use Planner in the team and earned her bachelor degree in Delta Management at the HZ University of Applied Sciences. She has ample experience in working in project teams, both in academics and professionally, and is especially interested in transport infrastructure planning in cities.

Kristyna Kratochvilova

Krstyna, from Czech Republic, is a landscape architecture student at WUR, who obtained her bachelor’s degree at Van Hall Larenstein. She is already working in the landscape architectural field for about four years among different offices and different countries.

Shiyi Liu

As a landscape architecture student in Wageningen, Shiyi is a landscape designer in the team who focuses on the facts and feasibility when doing design. Finishing her bachelor in Beijing Forestry University as a landscape gardener, she offers different creative considerations when working together with different cultural background.

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.