A vivid portrait of a versatile Amsterdam Zuidoost

Núria Arbones Aran, Carla Hoffschulte (Publisher)

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Developing a research approach from Amsterdam Zuidoost.
We are committed to using our presence in the area to contribute
a) continuing promoting interest in, and acquiring knowledge of, Zuidoost; b) respecting and embracing its versatility and c) eliminating barriers in its layout.
In all three elements, we adopt the metaphor of a guided tour that provides a physical and mental map to share. We relate such a map to an
existing tradition of what we like to call ‘translators’ of the area, people such
as guide Jenny van Dalen, or architect Peter Dautzenberg. These are people
who recognised the beauty of places such as the Bijlmer before others, and
who taught many to appreciate (and conserve) them. In this sense, their
work has contributed to a revalorisation of Bijlmer heritage and to a more
widespread awareness of its value.
However, there are also concerns that this revalorisation could result in
excessively lucrative operations that may be detrimental to the current
residents of Zuidoost. The renovation of the Amsterdamse Poort and the
transformation of the emblematic ‘Zandkasteel’ (Sand Castle) building into
luxury apartments has been met with mixed feelings, as these works could
affect accessibility and increase prices throughout the area. More than ever,
especially in relation to point ‘b’ above, concerted efforts need to be made to
ensure that investments will improve collective public spaces and will build
on an inclusive and diverse cultural and historical awareness.
More specifically, The Bijlmer has now acquired legitimacy and cannot simply
be demolished. Its history is also linked to the many newcomers that brought
new rhythms to the city of Amsterdam.
We are convinced that Zuidoost’s sustainable plans and metropolitan
ambitions will only succeed if they also include, reflect upon and safeguard this versatility.
In cooperation with Carla Hoffschulte
Original languageEnglish
TypeResearch Activity Publication
Media of outputbooklet
PublisherHogeschool van Amsterdam
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2017


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