AMS Wrap up Summer School 2018: Integrated Mobility Challenges in Future Metropolitan Areas

At the Summer School ‘Integrated Mobility Challenges in Future Metropolitan Areas’ held at 21-28th of August, 50 PhD researchers, graduate students and young professionals travelled to Amsterdam to work on the development of Sloterdijk Station Area. This was a follow up of the Making the Metropolis edition held in Amsterdam in August 2017 and the Stations of the Future event held in Paris in March 2018.

In this summer school we discussed and explored the relations between the station of Sloterdijk (as infrastructural node) and the urban dynamics in its surroundings, towards the organization of a resilient (social inclusive, sustainable) neighbourhood. What urban contexts, design principles and guidelines, governance models of station areas could contribute to more resilient neighbourhoods? Who are the current and future users of this hub? What will be the role of Sloterdijk in the Haven-Stad vision of the City of Amsterdam? Which approaches and scenarios can be tested and applied to intermodal nodes, particularly when dealing with lack of space and growing number of users?

Four teams answered to those questions by design scenarios and principles.

Scenario A: Haven-stad station from machine to human landscape
Though an efficient “transfer machine” for more than 50,000 daily users, Sloterdijk lacks the quality and programming needed to catalyze the transformation of the district.
In this project the group proposes to transform the station from a “machine” to a “human” landscape, guided by the principles of “connected” and “vital” city, to become a catalyst for Haven-Stad and an important cultural and commercial district. The design consists of opening up the boundaries of the building to create a broader station area that increases capacity and improves flows to, from and within the station. At the same time, the green carpet covering the station creates an iconic public space that connects the previously fragmented areas around the station. This new space will serve as a cultural landmark and will become a destination in it of itself, acting as a catalyst from where people, initiatives and ideas can spread out and into Haven-Stad.
Team A: Biyue Wang, Cornelia Dinca, Chia-Ju Lin, Diego Irizarri, Francesca Lucenti, Ninoslav Jankovic, Sabah Mohammed, Sara Semlali, Xueni Hu.
Supervisors: Hans de Boer, Valentina Ciccotosto

Scenario B: Gateway Sloterdijk 2050
In this project the group envisions the Sloterdijk area as a gateway for tourists, commuters and future residents alike. To support this vision, the Sloterdijk train station will evolve from its current state as a transportation node to a major keypoint in a cultural and mobility network, becoming one of Amsterdam’s prominent city centres. The strategy proposes policy and design solutions guided by the following principles: establish Sloterdijk as a main port for Netherlands tourism, plan for future mobility (growth in vol-ume and modes), promote accessibility for all users, and emphasize a livable public space. Recognizing that change will be incremental, the strategy proposes phasing and an evolving role for the station over time, which includes in the near term directing flows of visitors, particularly tour bus groups and international bus traffic, to the station. Legacy transportation infrastructure (such as the parking lot) will be transformed to accommodate an expansion of mass transit and new shared modes. The phasing plan recognizes that the future is unpredictable and leaves room for flexible uses and adaptation to new realities.
Team B: Isabella Flore, Sabrina Menger, Benedetta Gatti, Lindsay Wiginton, Ana Cvetic, Jolien Kramer, Salwa Cherkaoui El Baraka, Sebastiaan van Niele, Tom van Vilsteren
Supervisors: Manuela Triggianese, Tom Kuipers

Scenario C: Sloterdijk a continuous variety for allowing change
In one week, the group aimed to answer the question of how Sloterdijk station can play a role in its urban context and in its surroundings so that it becomes an attractive destination. They looked at which approaches can be tested and applied to intermodal nodes when dealing with lack of space and a growing number of directioned users.
On the basis of a mobility and area analysis, a strategy was developed based on three pillars: variety, continuity and allowing for evolution. This led to an integrated design for Sloterdijk station to improve the mobility and the quality of the new public space. It aims to serve as a catalyst for urban development for the entire area, making Havenstad an attractive mixed-use area, where residential, commercial, leisure and mobility initiatives thrive.
Team C: Francesco Camilli, Elisa Cantone, Rein de Viet, Jialei Feng, Janet Hetman, Matthys Kosicki, Nhu Luong, Li qin, Karen Valitov
Supervisors: Fabrizia Berlingieri, Roberto Cavallo

Scenario D: Green belt project
Discovering Sloterdijk as a part of Amsterdam Metropolitan area, what was found were fragmented pieces of historical plans made by Cornelis van Eesteren in 1935 as the first expansion plans for Amsterdam. The idea of a continuous belt of greener neighbourhoods dating from the first half of the last century, re-emerged in the new era as a part of a Vision for Amsterdam 2040. The driver idea for this project came from merging these two plans, resulting in the concept of The Green Belt. It consists of three pillars: clean energy, new mobility and greenery. The station of Sloterdijk, as one of the crucial transport nodes of this region should be accessible, sustainable and well-functioning. As it has some irregularities in its functioning system, this project aims to provide new design which will cope with the problems of orientation, fragmentation of the area and lack of attractivity. The extension of the station is open for future innovation in mobility as it provides place for automatic vehicles. The Green belt project provides smart solutions for the present and the future of the area of Sloterdijk.
Team D: Dunja Krstic Gaia Calegari Matteo Albertini Omer Khalid, Alina Arnold Junquan Pan, Kai Xue, Yeqing Shang Milorad ObradoviĆ
Supervisor: Joran Kuijper, Wouter Oostendorp

This summer school is a cooperation between Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), the Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI), University of Paris-Est and ARENA Architectural Research Network. Thank you to the guest critics who participated to the final session at AMS Institute on the 28th August. Special thanks to the guest lecturers from SNCF Mobility, AREP Gares et Connexxion, Paris-Est, Movement Strategies London, University of Antwerp, University of Amsterdam and the City of Amsterdam for contributing to this intensive workshop. Thank you to all participants for travelling from France, Serbia, Maroc, India, Germany, Austria, Belgium, China, Italy … to work together on the future of Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

Keynote lecturers
– Prof. Nacima Baron – Ecole d’Ubarnisme, Paris-Est
– Roberto Cavallo – Delft University of Technology
– Manuela Triggianese – AMS Institute, Delft University of Technology
– Bachar Kabalan – Movement Strategy, London
– Nils Le Bot – AREP at SNCF Gares et Connections, Paris
– Albane Grandazzi – SNCF Mobility, Paris
– Prof. Maarten van Acker – University of Antwerp
– Prof. Luca Bertolini – University of Amsterdam
– Debbie Dekkers – Smart Urban Mobility City of Amsterdam
– Jurgen Krabbenborg – Senior Urban Planner, City of Amsterdam
– Oscar Vos – Designer, Stad van de Toekomst project
– Maurice Harteveld – AMS Institute, Delft University of Technology

Guest Critics
– Paul Chorus – Provincie of Noord Holland
– Jurgen Krabbenborg – Senior Urban Planner, City of Amsterdam
– Debbie Dekkers – Smart Urban Mobility City of Amsterdam
– Willen van Heijningen – Transport & Public Space, City of Amsterdam
– Charlotte Rietdijk – Project manager Sloterdijk center, City of Amsterdam
– Jim Nijo – Associate professor, Paris La Villette
– Prof.dr. Marcel Hertogh – DIMI Delft Initiative Mobility Infrastructure
– Joannette Polo – Dutch Embassy, Paris
– Niels van Oort – Assistant Professor (Smart Urban Mobility Lab), TU Delft
– Jutta Hinterlegter – Architect, BNA Onderzoek
– Erik van den Eijden – senior policy advisor, Ministry of Infrastructure
– Carien Aalbers Programmamanager Toekomstbeeld OV at Ministry of Infrastructure
– Bernard Kormoss – University of Liège/ARENA Network

Leadership: Manuela Triggianese, AMS Research Fellow / TU Delft Chair Complex Projects
Coordination: Joran Kuijper, Researcher TU Delft Chair Complex Projects

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For more information and the results of the Summer School 2018:Integrated Mobility Challenges in Future Metropolitan Areas see the Booklet

Copyright pictures Valentina Ciccotosto and Tessa Wijtman-Berkman