Sjors De Vries On Next-Level City-Making In The Netherlands

Sjors de Vries

Sjors de Vries is a Dutch urban planner and founder of RUIMTEVOLK (‘Space People’) a leading online discussion platform about planning and urbanism in the Netherlands. We spoke with him about the current state of planning in the Netherlands, the best ways to upscale cute and small initiatives to make them serious improvements to the city, about the power of online media in city-making and the role of their platform. “We see it as a very important task for urban professionals to establish connections and coalitions with other disciplines in order to solve the next big urban issues.”

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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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The Architecture Of Peacekeeping

The Nuclear Security Summit is the largest safety operation in Dutch history. Parts of The Hague have been turned into unaccessible security zones. — Photo #2 courtesy Denis Guzzo

The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) is the biggest safety operation in Dutch history. Almost 60 world leaders and over 5,000 delegation members are visiting The Hague, not to forget the 3,000 journalists that travel in their slipstream. Every day of the summit 13,000 police men have to control this temporary infiltration of diplomacy. An unaccessible, temporary city surrounded by fences, barriers, detours, cameras, and observations posts has occupied a large part of the usually quiet and peaceful city of The Hague, which is quite interesting in the context of pop-up urbanism.

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Japanese Commuters Grow Veggies On Train Station Rooftops

Soradofarm

Rooftop farms have been established all over the world to enable growing food in dense urban areas. In Japan, a whole new kind of an urban rooftop farm was opened recently. Soradofarm is an urban agriculture project that uses the rooftops of train stations to accommodate urban gardens for waiting train passengers that want to use their transfer time to relax and train their gardening skills.

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Spacified: A Dating Website For Pop-Up Spaces

Spacified

Patrice Fleurquin is founder of Spacified, an online (and offline) matchmaking service for (empty) spaces and spaces that are available for temporary rent. Headquartered in Belgium, the network is currently expanding to cities in the Netherlands, France, and even outside of Europe. We spoke with Patrice about how matchmaking between spaces and people works, the latest temporary space concepts and the pop-up guide that Spacified will launch this week.

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