Amsterdam Olympic Area is after years of stagnation undergoing a fast and thorough urban renovation. Stadium, saved from demolition by a handful of enthusiasts, has been beautifully renovated and revitalized. Several hundred of new housing units have been built next to it and another big development including housing, services and hotel is being planned as we speak.

Fast re-development of the neighborhood asks for special attention for social structures and small scale programming where room is made for bottom up processes in between the large-scale top-down plans of developers and politicians.

My proposals aim to generate small shifts in the community for better acceptance and understanding of the new urban situation. They lean equally on tradition and the new circumstance. They try to open opportunities for the local community to develop along with their physical neighborhood.

Project for Stadsdeel Oud-Zuid, Gemeente Amsterdam; project production by YDI. 2006