AMS Amsterdam Southeast 3.0

Wageningen UR Landscape Architects and Planners propose a vision for the Gaasperdammertunnel zone

Wageningen University students from the Masters Programme Landscape Architecture and Planning will present the results of their work on the Gaasperdammertunnel project on the 4th of June at the AMS Institute.

The student MSc Atelier project is commissioned by the Amsterdam City Department Urban Planning and Sustainability (Ruimte en Duurzaamheid). The title of the project is “Amsterdam Southeast 3.0: A transformation strategy for the Gaasperdammerweg zone and Gaasperpark/plas.” A total of 54 students from seven different nationalities and four staff members started the project on the 16th of March at the District City Office, where they were received by Emile Jaensch, the responsible politician for Spatial Planning and Traffic of the District Amsterdam Southeast.

The Gaasperdammerweg (A9) is the focus of a major spatial transformation in Amsterdam Southeast. Currently it runs through the district, separating Bijlmermeer and Gaasperdam. The city of Amsterdam therefore welcomes the plan of the Dutch infrastructure authorities (Rijkswaterstaat) to combine the motorway’s planned enlargement with putting it into a tunnel, thus creating a vast space for further development. The design and planning of the tunnel roof and its adjoining spaces are a major challenge to giving the whole area a positive impulse. The new 3 km long mega-infrastructure Gaasperdammertunnel – the Netherland’s longest highway tunnel – will transform the motorway landscape between Bijlmermeer and Gaasperdam into an urban green area, with space for new housing, cycling and walking routes, sports facilities, vegetable gardens, urban agriculture and, most importantly, integrate Amsterdam Southeast’s urban fabric into metropolitan Amsterdam.

The students will propose a range of plans and designs, using different urban design and planning approaches. The Assignment, formulated by the City department of Urban Planning and Sustainability: Propose a vision and development strategy for the Gaasperdammertunnel zone and Gaasperpark/plas until 2040. Demonstrate the vision and transformation strategy by making an integral landscape and/or urban design plan for the tunnel deck and its adjoining green spaces and/or an improvement of the Gaasperpark/plas. Present some crucial detailed designs/plans, which well represent the proposed overall vision.