Urban Fruit and Vegetables

I just came across two great initiatives which could be very useful on the way towards a more integrated urban farming strategy for Amsterdam Noord. In terms of mapping potential (semi-)public green spaces in the city the idea behind the Urbana-Champaign Fruit Map, initiated by the people from La Casa Urbana, is interesting. This Google…

Moving Movement

We haven’t been posting for a while right now,  and the same will be true for most of august. This is mainly due to our insatiable need for holiday. But also, after the well deserved holiday break, our office will be moving to this great new location in the Tolhuistuin (former Shell headquarters), right behind…

Final Presentations at Amsterdam City Hall

Last week the university minor program ‘Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis’ reached it’s ‘official’ tipping point at the Amsterdam City Hall. The students presented the results of their 16 weeks lasting full time research trajectory to the mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen and an elaborate jury of professional social engineers. The jury consisted of…

Intervention: De Kast van Noord: An exchange closet

by Koen Elzerman Students Joeri Jörg and Koen Elzerman initiated a place where people can leave items (clothes, books, sleeping-bags and domestic products) which they do not need anymore, while other people still might be happy with it. In this manner people can contribute to the daily-struggle that people have to cope with their limited…

Intervention: The Floating Market

How can old and new communities be connected through a new form of social architecture? The 4 students of the Overhoeks/Van der Pek case researched the possibilities of improving social ties between two neighbourhoods in Amsterdam:  Overhoeks and Van der Pek. The former is being developed at the moment, the latter is and ‘old, traditional…

Intervention: Making the invisible, visible: The Secret of North

by Flora Lysen Is there a way to involve neighborhood residents with a developing city park? The 4 students of the ‘Green Team’ of the minor ‘Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis’ researched the development of the new ‘Noorderpark’, an urban park that is now being developed into one of the largest city parks of…

Yes, we can, intervene!

In the fourth section of Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis all came down to the ‘can do’ mentality of the students. In this section the participants were asked to sketch different future scenario’s on their case and to identify the necessary ingredients and drivers which ultimately make their interventions autarc and  sustainable. Here are…

Provocation, Information, Facilitation!

After another month of hard work and research, the students presented the results of the third section of Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropole. The section was called ‘strategies for intervention’ and our students did come up with a whole spectrum of innovative strategies for tackling the wicked problems they are dealing with. Here are…

going local: mental mapping

Last week the students presented their results from the ‘going local’ section of the interdisciplinary minor ‘Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropole’. After having aquired a global insight in the practice of social engineering in the first section, it was now time to get to know their own research field from the inside out. They…

Openingscollege in het Febolab

Op 18 februari 2009 vond het openingscollege plaats in het speciaal voor deze minor ingerichte Febolab in Amsterdam-Noord. Vanaf nu is het lab aan de Slijperweg permanent in gebruik voor onderwijs, discussie en interventievoorbereiding door 15 dadendriftige studenten. De kringloopplakkertjes nog op de koffiemokken, de eigen groepsruimte nog grotendeels een bouwpakket en de slaap nog niet…

Officiele opening minor Maakbaarheid in de Grote Stad

Op maandag 23 februari 2009 vindt in de Noorderparkkamer de officiele opening plaats van de minor Maakbaarheid in de Grote Stad, m.m.v. Linda Brasz, stadsdeelsecretaris Amsterdam-Noord en David Lammers, regisseur van de veelgeprezen speelfilm ‘Langer Licht’. Deze bijzondere film over een boksschoolhouder in Noord zal ook vertoond worden in aansluiting op de opening. Gezien de…