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Jeroen Beekmans

Breathing New Life Into Vacant Buildings — A Talk With Caroline Vrauwdeunt

De Stedenfabriek is currently looking for creative concepts to revitalize the industrial Lasloods on the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam (click here for more information)

Caroline Vrauwdeunt is not an architect, planner, or designer — you’d better call her a city-maker. Vrauwdeunt started her career working for a bank, but it didn’t give her enough satisfaction. After finishing a Law degree she worked as a legal expert and project manager for the City of Amsterdam and the Dutch province of North Holland for almost fifteen years. In 2012 she decided to start for herself and become a social entrepreneur with her company Andrs.nu. Nowadays she and her newly founded project De Stedenfabriek (The City Factory) breathe new life into neglected urban spaces. We spoke with her about her inspiration, co-creation, and entrepreneurial city-making.

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