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Studio research trip to Amsterdam

16 Sept 2022

Karakusevic Carson Architects on tour – last week we headed to the dutch capital to learn more about the myriad approaches to neighbourhood planning, public housing and the historic shifts in architectural style that characterise the city.

Over two days we traversed a number of the city’s ‘stadsdelen’ or ‘boroughs’ to explore housing projects old and new; admiring the playful, undulating facades and expressionist brick-details of the landmark public housing by the Amsterdamse School in Spaarndammerbuurt and the beautifully articulated social housing at Victorieplein which define the city’s south plan, to the landmark 1960s modernist estate and the model of healthy community living, Plan Van Gool (by Frans van Gool). Trawling along the canal belt, we also stopped to take in the grand neo-classical housing at Grachtengordel – an emblem of traditional domestic dutch architecture, and learnt more about the ongoing retrofit and regeneration strategies of the vast 1960s neighbourhood development Bijlmermeer in the city’s northern-eastern region.

Huge thanks to local architects and housing and urbanism specialists Hans van der Heijden, Theo van de Beek, Like Bijlsma for their time, enthusiasm and energy in leading our studio tour groups and sharing their local insight and knowledge – lots of lessons to take back to London, hope we’ll be back soon!