Amsterdam faces a major challenge in terms of the transition of public space in the coming years. A transition driven by climate change, the switch to sustainable sources of energy, the increasing scarcity of raw materials, and the digitalization of society. In addition, the city is growing steadily and increasing in density. Infrastructure below ground is growing apace, but space is running out. If current methods of city and area development remain unchanged, the transition will stagnate. In new development schemes the traditional idea of thinking from above ground to below ground is a thing of the past. Prioritizing underground space and the multiple use of space, the design method introduced in this publication is geared to programming public areas in an integral manner. In this method, public and private parties work together from an early stage to reserve space below ground for a healthy living environment, for new energy systems, for solutions to problems caused by heat and precipitation, for the desired circularity, and for nature-inclusive design. This accumulation of measures contributes to green, attractive and high-quality public space that makes the city a fine place in which to live, work, relax, play and enjoy life.
The first volume, Amstel-Stad Case Study, Amsterdam, provides background information about the Amstel-Stad area and describes the new design method applied to this concrete example. English version of the full publication can be downloaded below.
Table of Content:
Introduction, Amstel-Stad and the new method / p. 7
Area themes and related spatial assignments / p. 59
Programming street profiles / p.163
Register and Acknowledgements / p.196