A Future for the Post-War City

PhD Candidate: ir. L.C. (Lisanne) Havinga
Supervisors: prof.dr. B.J.F. (Bernard) Colenbrander, prof.dr.ir. B.J.E. (Bert) Blocken, dr.ir. H.L. (Henk) Schellen
Project Financing: Eindhoven University of Technology in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam
Chair: AHT
Project Period: January 2014 – December 2017

The General Extension Plan of Amsterdam and in particular the in this famous plan included Western Garden Cities were - and are – seen as a successful example of post-war urban expansion through modernist urban planning and architecture. Regarding both socio-economic aspects as well as the spatial and technical quality, many of the areas have had to suffer insidious decline, posing a threat to continuity of existence of the Western Garden Cities. Re-use or continued use of the buildings might be more sustainable than to demolish and replace them, especially since the building stock has cultural and historical values.

The General Extension Plan is due to a fundamental reassessment of the potential for development. The TU/e and the City of Amsterdam are jointly launching a research project that addresses the layered problem of reconstruction areas by specifically focusing on the structural component. The following research areas were chosen as a foundation; architectural history (value assessment of urbanism and architecture), geography (urban development in socio-economic perspective), architecture (design research for the preservation and improvement of architectural and urban quality), building physics (solution-oriented research on energy saving and generation). The research aspires to position itself in an integrated context, the findings on each of the areas described forged together in a holistic approach.