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.
Ice skating - Droom(ijs)baan
February - March 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.
On July 19th Placemaking Plus organized its first painting day. Together with the children from the Delflandplein neighborhood, they have brightened up the square with colorful artwork. Several activities took place during the day. The activities were as follows: painting posters, painting the streets, planting flowers and creating new urban furniture. Together with children from the immediate vicinity of the Delflandplein, we filled the square with colorful artworks. We used the artwork to cover the construction site around Delflandplein and thereby give the square a colorful boost. Together with the municipality, the artwork on the square was given a new layer of paint, giving the square a colorful appearance. In addition to all the paint work, we have also planted new flowers and have the local entrepreneurs 'adopt' the flowers. It was wonderful to see passers-by taking part in the activities. We also invited a craftsman to come and help create the new furniture and with the help of the children a new oversized picnic table was built. The picnic table not only serves as a new seat, but also as a meeting place, because more than one group of people can sit at the picnic table 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.