Amsterdam human capital by Willem Salet, Sako Musterd

By Willem Salet, Sako Musterd

The altering spatial association of town of Amsterdam displays a larger-scale strategy: the well-known form of Western towns is altering around the globe. for hundreds of years, the city middle used to be taken with no consideration because the point of interest for overseas contacts and day by day actions. The essays amassed the following think about how city areas were transformed—not in basic terms spatially yet socially, economically, and culturally—into multi-centered metropolitan arrays, with members interpreting the recent city identities that could emerge from such altering stipulations.

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The zenith of this vision – and at the same time its Waterloo – was the Bijlmer, designed in the 1960s. HumanCapital 06-03-2003 16:50 Pagina 46 as it was quite literally described. Amsterdam had acquired new land on an old polder, the Bijlmermeer. Here it planned to crown the tradition of urban design, from Staets to Berlage to Van Eesteren, which had brought it international renown. Following the example of Le Corbusier, it would create here the perfect compensation for the unnatural existence of the city-dweller: spacious, sunny high-rise homes for a happy family life amidst a green, park-like landscape in which to relax and play.

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But some scholars question whether the original planners of 1613 had such a visionary idea in mind. After extensive archival research and comparison with practices elsewhere in the Republic, Ed Taverne even concluded that there was barely any overall architectural concept at all behind the construction of the canal belt. ). The original 1613 plans for the expansion have been lost, so we can only guess at the intentions of Staets and his colleagues. This we must do utilizing only a handful of city maps, the city government’s resolutions in the four years of planning, and sketchy reports of the debates preceding those decisions.

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