Platform for Architecture Haarlemmermeer and Schiphol
Objective, activities and network, target groups
The Platform is the local centre for architecture for the area Haarlemmermeer and Schiphol. Are you curious about architecture? The Platform introduces you to the developments in the field of architecture and integrated area development. Inhabitants, local government and professionals are enabled to talk here in a neutral zone. Architects generate new ideas. Children and teenagers experience architecture in ‘the young architect’ workshops, working with professional teaching materials. Beside master programs consisting of lectures and workshops we present exhibitions, excursions and tours as well as National Architecture Day. Activities are carried out by the programming council, various advisors and the Platform’s team.
About the Metropolitan Region and Schiphol
Haarlemmermeer and Schiphol are characterised by diversity and are full of contrasts. The polder was drained in 1875 and consists of 27 villages. There are three main areas for living and working: Hoofddorp, Nieuw-Vennep and Badhoevedorp. The international airport Schiphol takes up 15% of the surface area of the municipality and is the biggest employer in the region. The airport determines the soundscape and decides where living and working are possible and where they are not. The Ringvaart, the surrounding water, forms the borderline of both the municipality and the polder. Despite the very near presence of the airport, the villages along the Ringvaart can be characterised as rural. Nevertheless, one can feel the advancing and dynamic Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam (MRA).
The convenient situation with regard to Schiphol in the MRA attracts urban dwellers who are looking for peace and space, as well as international companies that like to settle in this area. This makes for a large contrast between intensive land usage and room for qualities regarding landscape and recreation. This contrast consist of urbanised and rural areas, between large scales and small scales and between the high-tech of modern bureaus and high-quality industry on the one hand, all co-existing with traditional agriculture on the other hand.
The Platform for Architecture poses questions and searches for answers in co-operation with residents, students, policy makers and designers & urban planners. How do the network cities relate to each other and how do they relate to the small(er) villages? How are urban and rural areas connected? How does one connect global issues to local ones? What will happen to the vacancy of the large business parks in the polder? And what influence will new ‘sustainable’ work locations and trends such as flexible working have on this matter? How does the new generation wish to live and work? What are the consequences of the various lifestyles and the needs of the new generations for the spatial planning of our country?