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This is how the "Marineterrein" really became part of the neighbourhood
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The beautifully renovated Marineterrein (Navy site) in Amsterdam is a breeding ground for start-ups and innovative companies, but there was no real connection with the neighbourhood. Students from the Placemaking course at the University of Amsterdam, together with the Municipality of Amsterdam, the area director, entrepreneurs on the site and local residents, looked at ways to make the Marineterrein part of the neighbourhood identity.
The end product is a walking route: The Green Route, which connects various initiatives on the site as a “green” thread, emphasizes the most important user function and creates awareness about urban greenery.
Green makes the space more attractive
The value of the Marineterrein for the neighbourhood only became clear after data collection. The students concluded from the literature that greenery makes a space significantly more attractive and that the presence of green areas promotes the physical activity and mental health of local residents.
Need for greenery and connection
This appeared to be in line with the views of local residents who interviewed the students during their visit to the Marineterrein. Local residents called the site 'the only piece of peace' and 'an oasis of peace in the hustle and bustle of the big city'. They appeared to mainly need a green environment and more connecting activities on the site.
We can use our knowledge to carry out such a study in a relatively short time and provide a practical solution to a local issue
Route along sustainable innovations and green initiatives
Based on all the knowledge collected, the students, together with all those involved, made a plan for the development of The Green Route: a route along all sustainable innovations and green initiatives on the Marineterrein to make them better known and recognizable for users of the site. The signs along the route tell visitors about the sustainable and green projects taking place on the site, with the aim of making local residents even more aware of the importance and development of urban greenery. The route therefore directly contributes to the desire to make the Marineterrein part of the neighborhood identity.
'What we notice with this project, and with all our Placemaking projects, is that our clients are very happy with our work,'says teacher Rosanne van Wieringen. 'We can use our knowledge to carry out such a study in a relatively short time and provide a practical solution to a local issue. Clients usually do not have the time and resources for this themselves.'
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