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Integral Design Method Public Space

Case Study Amstel-Stad, Amsterdam and Handbook

The publication consists of two volumes. Amstel-Stad Case Study, with a description of the new work method. And the Handbook, with a catalogue of measures and resulting details for programming and designing.

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.

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The new design method is presented in two volumes. 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. The second volume, the Handbook, is a catalogue of generic measures and resulting details, from which the urban designer can select in programming and designing public space and accompanying underground space.



Joyce van den Berg, Hans van der Made

Editing and coordination:

Joyce van den Berg, Hans van der Made, Ingrid Oosterheerd, Alessandra Riccetti


Joyce van den Berg, Rixt Hofman, Ingrid Oosterheerd, Endre Timár


Billy Nolan

Text editing:

Els Brinkman, Ingrid Oosterheerd

Amstel-Stad case study: maps, drawings and explanations:

Sofia Arrias Bittencourt, Joyce van den Berg, Anne-Marije van Duin, Sten Camps, Tohid Korse, Eric Kraak, Hans van der Made, Bob Mantel, Szymon Michalski, Alessandra Riccetti, Basia van Rijt, Richard Ruijtenbeek, Maki Ryu, Nadine Schiller, Marina Vasarini Lopes With: Louis Amerongen, Timo Banning, Lidwien Besselink, Anastasija Dukic, Mirjam Koevoet, Krijn Nugter, Maarten Nulle, Caroline Pompe, Carolina Rodrigues Martinho, Benjamin Rothmeier, Isabel Timmermans, Chong Yao

Graphic design of maps/drawings

Sofia Arrias Bittencourt, Anastasija Dukic, Tohid Korse, Alessandra Riccetti, Maki Ryu, Marina Vasarini Lopes, Chong Yao

Image editing

Joyce van den Berg, Hans van der Made, Ingrid Oosterheerd, Alessandra Riccetti, Marina Vasarini Lopes, Joseph Plateau grafisch ontwerpers 


Joseph Plateau grafisch ontwerpers

Printing and lithography

Zwaan Lenoir

Image credits

Header image: Integrale Ontwerpmethode Openbare Ruimte - banner

Icon image: Cover IOOR

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