SB 403 - Trading Futures

Corine Erades (NL 1976), Jelte Boeijenga (NL 1975), Joost Brands (NL 1976), Niels Tilanus (NL 1978)


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An immediate move to herald the redevelopment of the area is created: a simple footpath marked with two low walls that provide entrances to each of the existing buildings. The conceptual restructuring of the area is to create streets. The overall aim is to use the existing street network, but to provide a denser urban form. This first street is gradually enhanced, with planting, buildings reoriented towards it, then new building infills. An approach to managing the existing buildings is proposed: existing lessees gain joint development opportunity for the parts of their site that are zoned as developable.  The redevelopment of the street by the municipality is delivered when six lessees on that section of the street agree to the zoning redevelopment. The aim is that even if incremental development (or no development) takes place, at any one time the district still functions. The long-term intention is to make the streets largely parking free by using the zoning rules to turn parking facilities into commercially-attractive development options in the area.

Jury assessment

In the range of strategies proposed for this round of Europan for Amstel III, Trading Futures definitely deserves to be mentioned. Here, too, the designers argue in favour of modest interventions, but then in the first instance focusing on the people who currently work in the area. If Amstel III is made more attractive for them, then this can initiate a lasting process of regeneration. Making new streets with well-defined street space is an interesting proposal, although the jury puts a note of interrogation to the choice of doing this with continuous low walls.

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