Register: AUG/27/2018, Submit: AUG/27/2018, Eligibility: Anyone, designers, urban sociologists, city makers; individually, teams up to 6 members, Fee: Free, Awards: For the presentation – up to 8 participants 300 EUR each; for participation in the studios (to cover expenses) – up to 4 participants 2,400 EUR each; Winner – design commission; fees excluding sales tax
Area developer AM focuses on the economic core area of the Netherlands. The challenges facing AM are becoming increasingly area-focused and more complex owing to a combination of parties and functions. As a socially committed property developer, AM wants to invest in making and keeping cities attractive with its development projects. In addition, it aims to make meaningful places that can result in vibrant and attractive areas where various target groups feel at home. To strengthen its market position, AM wants to focus on being a creative and innovative developer. Good examples and workable development concepts can help achieve this goal and a change of culture and mindset within the organization itself. The guiding principle here is ‘practice what you preach’. AM wants to be a reliable partner for government bodies and city makers. An organization worth working with.
Against this background, AM wants to generate innovative examples that shed new light on the ideas behind the inclusive city. To develop its knowledge in this area, AM wants to connect with designers who have a vision of the inclusive city, who look beyond the building commission only. AM is organizing this Open Call in order to generate design proposals, together with these parties, in which the hallmarks of the inclusive city can be developed into an applicable working method, which can be tested in practice.
AM is looking for a working method with feasible proposals for area concepts and living concepts that contribute to the inclusive city, on the basis of a vision of this city. The inclusive city was developed as a social concept whereby inclusivity stands for the participation of all groups in the social, cultural and economic life of the city. Within the social domain, there are programmes to shape and strengthen the inclusive city in social terms. Within the spatial domain, there is relatively little knowledge about what aspects can make the inclusive city a success. Keywords are: typology of buildings, design of public space, programming, and meaning at different scales.
Hilde Blank, director of AM Concepts: ‘We invite all parties who feel called upon to take part, whether they are designers, urban sociologists or city makers. For us, this is about generating fresh insights and perspectives that can help make cities belong to everybody.’
SPECIFIC POINTS OF INTEREST
Relevant questions that could be addressed in the vision on the inclusive city:
- Understanding – What is an inclusive city? What does the inclusive city mean? What conditions are required?
- References – What references are there? What makes them suitable as references?
- Knowledge – What knowledge related to the inclusive city can already be applied? What knowledge has yet to be developed?
- Parties – What opportunities are there to actively involve various parties such as designers, advisors, users and operators in developing the inclusive city? And how can various parties become involved? What could be the role of AM in this regard?
- Scale – In what way is the inclusive city expressed at various scales: street, neighbourhood, district and city?
- Typologies – What does the inclusive city say about the typology of buildings, the layout of public space, the programming?
- Development strategy – In what way is the development strategy needed for an inclusive city explained? How can the development of the inclusive city be made financially feasible?
The jury will select eight visions and invite the entrants to present their ideas. On the basis of these presentations, the jury will then select four participants for a studio round, in which the proposals will be tested in consultation with property developers and development managers from AM. This is the final round of the Open Call. In the follow-up, AM will select one participant for a follow-up in which they tackle a design commission from its portfolio.