Binckhorst still accommodates plenty of labor-intensive companies, such as car breakers’ yards and a paper mill. Lindemann uses this existing layer of commercial activity as a basis to organically transform the area into a more mixed-use district. Initially designed as an industrial site, Binckhorst lacks a strong sense of public space. The Hybrid Kiosk strategy focuses on the idea of developing a pleasant public space through the installation of a number of mobile kiosks. The kiosks are an experiment conducted by artists who meet passers-by, local business people and entrepreneurs to find out what services and goods the kiosks should offer in the future in order to serve passers-by.
Could establishing a local beer brand revitalize an urban area? Another, more recent project carried out by OpTrek is Binckse Belofte, a craft beer that’s exclusively brewed in Binckhorst. The aim of Binckse Belofte is to present Binckhorst’s creative, artisanal, and intractable history in a whole new way that also appeals to outsiders. The beer’s look-and-taste reflect the area’s deeply rooted worker’s culture — the labels on the bottles, for instance, are made of sandpaper. 1,000 liters of Binckse Belofte have already been consumed, and last month the brewers of Kompaan brough a new load of beer onto the local market.
On May 26th, Sabrina Lindemann will take the Stadsklas participants on a tour of Binckhorst. She will show them the world behind the façades of the industrial buildings, and teach how tactical interventions of all kinds can make an organic, area-wide transformation strategy.
Join this Stadsklas session!
Registration is capped at 12 to 15 people. The costs are €100 including food and drinks, and transport on location. Click here for more information on how to participate!