www.mensenwerk.city is online!


Our Research-by-Design ‘MensenWerk’ has reached a new phase. Check out our brand-new website http://www.mensenwerk.city to get a glance of the work in progress!

Also, on the 22nd of February our first big event at Pakhuis de Zwijger will take place. This event will spark public debate and attention on the spatial impact of the transition of work. RESERVE A SPOT!


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ASRE Seminar

On 6th October Gert and Bernardina gave seminar at the ASRE as part of the course “Real Estate Economy for the National Government” .

The students are officials of the National Real Estate department and other national instances that deal with property of public goods. One of the exercises they have been asked for this knowledge update course has the Marineterrein as case study. Since the professional background of the students is mostly based on economic appraisals and visions, Gert and Bernardina were asked to highlight the spatial qualities and potentials of the Marineterrein. Part of the discussion focussed on how spatial aspects can be significant and sensible factors in real estate despite how difficult it is to assign a tangible economic value to them. Another debated topic was how “adaptive planning” is getting a more and more interesting and urgently needed approach, especially for such unique locations that entail high public interest from international to local level. It is a challenging interdisciplinary task to figure out how this can be worked out in a successful model for future urban planning where the business plan goes hand in hand with spatial development and the use/programme of the area. Building it up through time, at an organic pace.

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NEW! @mensenwerk_city 

The ‘Mensenwerk’ manifest is under construction. But it is becoming more evident everyday, that what we have stated in the first phase of our research (voorstudie) is absolutely valid: The transition to a new economy has already begun, the first signs are there, and work is being done at policy level as well as in concrete projects. But, we all seem to be too busy with everyday tasks to categorise these developments under the umbrella of ‘the transition in work’ and to identify the impact on spatial planning. This is a missed opportunity; We should use this to stimulate new urban planning processes with simple rules, other forms of collaboration and a new playing field with more and different types of players. So part of our mission is to inform, get the debate going and involve as many people as possible. That is why we now have a twitter account: @Mensenwerk_city – so we can start building some momentum the coming months, counting down to the event we are organising with Pakhuis de Zwijger in February 2018!


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The Cruquius Development – Exchange with the City of Tampere

Cruquius site visit

As part of our research-by-design project Mensenwerk, we are presenting a series of best practices in the field of urban development. The Cruquius area in the east of Amsterdam is one of them: a development that used a ‘spelregelkaart’ (a set of simple spatial rules) created by the municipality of Amsterdam, and applied by developer Amvest to create ‘Cruquius – Amsterdam aan het water‘, a mixed-used development which involved local stakeholders from its very beginning.

Last Friday, at the request of  Amsterdam Smart City, we organized a guided walk through the Cruquius area for the Finnish delegation of the city of Tampere. This expedition was the occasion to exchange our impressions and findings with the delegation. The outcome of our complete analysis will be shared with all of you in February, during the Mensenwerk launching event in Pakhuis de Zwijger.

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Red Light City: Book Presentation

Red Light City

The book Red Light City was presented and debated in Brussels at Recyclart on 8th September. Authored by Tsaiher Cheng with reports from Amsterdam, Antwerp, Hong Kong, Montreal and Taipei the book reveals that every red light district is different in its urban form and and relation to the city. The main question addresses the significance of sex work for the architecture of the city, particularly in red light districts which are designated for urban renewal.

Tsaiher Cheng, Manuel Aalbers and Maarten Loopmans (KUL) made short presentations, whilst Magaly Rodrigues Garcia (KU L) gave first critic to open the discussion with the public. As the book’s content editor, Bernardina Borra from SPcitI moderated the debate. At the end of the evening, an exhibition by Roel Backaert opened displaying pictures of the different Red Light District from the book.

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