An Update: Experimenting Place Making in Amsterdam South East

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The increasing interest of cities such as Amsterdam in accelerating their process of densification has important implications. At its best, those processes can contribute to the development of more sustainable cities, more equally equipped and with a more polycentric and polyphonic infrastructure and ditto reputation’s capital. However, and as it is also known, densification and the attraction of new target groups to specific areas in cities peripheries do not automatically lead to an improvement of cities cultural capital. It takes effort and skills to build a fabric, to gain insight into places’ specific and distinctive idiosyncrasies and to connect their history with current and future realities. Moral courage and agency of change are concepts that we have been able to better understand and apply thanks to important summits on Global Communication organized by Emerson College Boston and Blanquerna School Barcelona. In the current stage of our researching work, we focus on crucial topics such as being able to take and make place engaging to already existing knowledge in neighborhoods such as de Bijlmer in Amsterdam South East . In doing so, we relate a Mapping Imaginaries approach to an existing tradition of what we could call ‘translators’ of the area. These are essential actors who recognized the value of places such as the Bijlmer before others, and who taught many to appreciate (and to conserve) them. In this sense, their work has contributed to a revalorisation of Bijlmer heritage and to a more widespread awareness of its symbolic capital.
Period12 Nov 2020
Event titleAmerican Behavioral Scientist Retrospective
Event typeOther
Degree of RecognitionInternational