This years Summer School took place on 21st to 28th of August 2018 and was held by the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), the Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI), the University of Paris-Est and ARENA Architectural Research Network in cooperation with the Delft University of Technology.

 

Getting started

About 40 participants, not only from Europe but from all over the world made their way to the small town of Delft in the Netherlands, located a few minutes by train from Rotterdam and Amsterdam. For Tributech Solutions, Sabrina took part in this very challenging programme which included one full day of international lectures, preparing participants for the topic and stimulating imagination and potential for the upcoming assignment. Smart City approaches, Data Driven Management and the potential arising from the world of IoT were emphasised. As the City of Amsterdam does not only have several pilot projects, but is also looking for fresh ideas how to integrate new technologies in their future endeavours of adding value to the city. The project site for the teams was the station of Sloterdijk in the west of Amsterdam, with the goal of creating a vision for its revitalisation in the upcoming years. This however encompassed several constraints which needed to be taken into account, in order to design a sustainable and resilient intervention. Not only various modes of transport which merge in and entirely chaotic area, but also the surrounding public space and amenities were considered carefully. The main challenge was to show visions of potential redevelopment in order to satisfy future needs of the rising number of  inhabitants, tourists and commuters in the area in 2050. Key element however, was to allocate areas for flexible use for unpredictable changes in future needs, economic development and technology and thus create the new Sloterdijk as a resilient place.

 

Workshop results

Interdisciplinary teams of 10 participants each, consisted of architects and urban planners, policy makers, lawyers and various engineers. All four teams came up with a more intuitively connected station and high quality public space with appropriate infrastructure and amenities. Additionally, creating a living lab for testing new technologies in the currently neglected area of Sloterdijk was also inherent to most visions shown. Sabrina and her team focused especially on how to integrate the future influx of tourists and planned to accommodate a fully electrically driven major bus station for this purpose in the area. In the phasing plans, policy solutions and referring design proposals for the development from now until 2050 were presented, which envisioned the future integration of a drone terminal and a smart grid across the area.

Invited by the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), final visions were presented to various stakeholders of the City of Amsterdam who are in charge of the future redevelopment of Sloterdijk. Also private companies and other universities attended these final presentations to get new ideas, opinions and impressions on how to approach the revitalisation endeavour.

This was a follow up of the Making the Metropolis edition held in Amsterdam in August 2017.

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