Delflandplein is the center of the neighbourhood, but already for a while liveliness here is facing problems because of vacancy, decay of street furniture and loss of community events. Local inhabitants are looking forward for changes as they want to feel at home in their own neighbourhood. Placemaking Plus in cooperation with Ahold is working in bringing this square back to life.
From livable to lovable
From painting a public square blue to realising our expert community efforts in Delflandplein 2018 has seen a lot of community led initiatives. These initiatives are taking Delflandplein closer to becoming more lovable. Initiatives ranged from creating a beach volleyball court, wooden bike racks, and, more recently to hosting an Iftaar party. This project has seen many positive coalitions helping it grow into something bigger.
Feb- Mar, 2018
Imagination to reality, yes successful! That was the Droombaan skating project for the neighborhood organized in the Nieuw West district of Amsterdam. The skating jitters, the ice-skate talents, but especially the joint skating fun became possible because hands were joined together for a collaboration between the partners of the Delfland Droombaan. We hope next year we hope to be back with a strong job and a wide range of peripheral programming for schools and local residents.
Thanks again for the cooperation between the Amsterdam Nieuw-West district, Lidl, De Nijs Construction Company, De Amsterdamse Vastgoed COmbinatie, De Key housing association, De KasKantine, Albert Heijn, Golden Garden, Mul Groep, the Combiwel welfare organization, De Etalage and BFAS architectuur en stedenbouw. For the time being, we are continuing to breed on summer activities and placemaking programming at Delflandplein. Keep an eye on social media for new sporting events on and around the square. So far we enjoy beautiful photos.
On July 19, Placemaking Plus organized its first Painting Day, which is marking a beginning of placemaking process in the neighbourhood.
This day included multiple activities - painting posters, de straten schilderen, planting flowers, creating new urban furniture. Together with children from the Delflandplein neighborhood, we have filled the square with colorful works of art. We placed them on the fence to block the construction works from negatively affecting our square. Working together with municipality re-coloring of the artwork was also arranged and therefore the square got a better image - color of new bright indigo blue. Next to painting we also did some planting of new flowers and letting local businesses to ‘adopt’ them. It was beautiful to watch passers by to join us in this activity. We also invited a craftsman to help us create some new urban furniture and with a help of local kids new oversized picnic table was built. It serves not only as a new sitting place, but also as a meeting spot, because more than one group of people easily fit around it at the same time.
On behalf of Albert Heijn, Woonstichting De Key, Bouwbedrijf M.J. De Nijs en Zonen BV, Placemaking Plus held a Place Game on May 19, 2017 at the Delflandplein, Amsterdam New West, with the aim of exploring opportunities for this area. Through a Place Game we find out how people are watching their living environment and what activities they would like to see.
The ideas from Place Game Delflandplein focus mainly on the return of the livability, atmosphere and cosiness in the area.
The livelihoods in the area can be stimulated according to the participants by organizing more activities with entrepreneurs and residents, a child friendly environment for young and old and an idea tent where residents and others come together to discuss their needs and set up neighborhood initiatives. In addition to organizing activities, participants would like to create meeting places, think of new food stores and kiosks. The vacant buildings and abundance of space on and around the Delflandplein offer sufficient opportunities for the development of new breeding grounds.
You can read a full record of the game below or download it.