Platform for Architecture Haarlemmermeer and Schiphol
Objective, activities and network, target groups
The Platform is the local center 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 workshops, ‘the young architect ‘ with professional teaching materials. Beside master programs with lectures and workshops, there are exhibitions, excursions & tours and the National Architecture Day.The activities are carried out by the programming council and advisors and the team.
About the Metropolitan Region and Schiphol
The region Haarlemmermeer and Schiphol is characterized by diversity and is full of contrasts. The polder was drained in 1875 and compromises 27 villages. There are three main live- and work areas: Hoofddorp, Nieuw-Vennep and Badhoevedorp. The international airport Schiphol, takes 15% of the surface area of the municipal and is the biggest employer in the region. The airport is determining the soundscape, where living and working is possible and where not.The Ringvaart, the surrounding water, forms the borderline of both municipal and polder. Despite the airport, the villages along the Ringvaart can be characterized as rural. Nevertheless, you can feel the advancing and dynamic Metropolitan Region Amsterdam.
The convenient position with respect 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. Thus, there is a large contrast between intensive land usage and room for qualities regarding landscape and recreation. Or in other words, between urbanized and rural areas, between large-scale and small-scale, and also between the high-tech of modern bureaus and high-quality industry, on the one hand, and traditional agriculture, on the other hand.
The Platform for Architecture creates questions and search 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 do you 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?