Studioninedots is one of the 14 offices selected for the exhibition in the Arcam Amsterdam;
Building blocks for the future city. From 10.13.2012 to 11.24.2012.
Designteam: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl.
*footprint: 12.000 m2
*program: mixed program
*plot: 31.100 m2 BVO
Projectteam: Monika Pieroth, Eliano Felício, Pedro Piernas.
Due to the economic situation, Cityplot© arose from the need to reconsider conventional urban planning strategies to open up more flexible models of development. This forms part of a larger challenge to address how urban strategies could be designed to be more receptive and able to change with the times instead of to large developments being readymade from the beginning. The main question was whether it was possible to gradually transform and densify existing areas in a city in smaller steps instead of one giant leap? And if so, how could this be done in a coherent manner? The compact urban blocks of cities like Melbourne, Barcelona and San Francisco and historic centers like Leiden and
Amsterdam evolved over time to accommodate layers of diverse functions.
Concentrated urbanism provided the foundation for Cityplot©, which proposes a dense, flexible city block composed of small-scale mixed-use developments. Each block combines a range of functions: commercial, residential, retail and hospitality, services/parking. The reduction of scale enables the flexibility for change to be facilitated gradually over time, allowing the city to continue regenerating in a more economically viable manner. In this way, the different functions and experiences normally dispersed throughout the city are compressed into an intensive city plot.