Strategic and Typological Research on Mixed-Use Developments
Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 2016
The City of Amsterdam needs to stretch its efforts to support the forthcoming transformation tasks for further urban growth. The planning document Koers 2025, Room for the City (2016) sets the target of at least 50,000 homes in 10 years at least (10% growth per year). A large number of urban areas will be transformed and/or regenerated in addition to newly built ones.
11 stories is a collection of some of the latest best practices from around the world about how new urban block typologies and planning policies cater for the emerging New Economy to be integrated with housing into the urban fabric.
The assignment for this research stemmed in support of the economic study Space for Tomorrow’s Economy by the Cluster for Space and Economy of the Municipality of Amsterdam. The selection of the best practices has been done according to specific themes such as the scale of the mixed uses, the dynamic of the area’s development, the room that has been given for different initiative takers, the impact on the area’s surroundings, the quality of the public space and the projects’ relevance to the new economy. The selected best practices include different contexts and urban situations in which living and working were blended. They range from former industrial zones regenerated into living and working areas, to newly built housing districts with innovative flexible working spaces. At the end of the research a set of 6 guideline principles is outlined in the form of planning advice, drawn from the lessons learned from the 11 case studies.