ARCAM Amsterdam Architecture Center
As part of its program for 2014 and 2015 Arcam will organise a series of activities on designing for biodiversity. Arcam thereby seeks close cooperation with Maike van Stiphout and Mathias Lehner. In the final project phase Arcam organises various public activities to ensure that the outcomes and findings are made known to a wide audience. Additionally Arcam has taken a supporting and facilitating role in the project. Arcam acts as mediator: the institute brings together designers, developers and policymakers around the theme of designing for biodiversity. Already in Spring of 2014, Arcam launched initiatives to inform stakeholder groups about designing for biodiversity and in order to deal with possible resistance.
Leiden University/ Naturalis Biodiversity Center
The Faculty of Science, Communication and Society at Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center are involved in the project as excellent experts when it comes to biodiversity, ecological ‘wish lists’ of the various life forms, scientifically reliable data and communication with stakeholders. For this party, Marco Roos (education coordinator, examiner and chief researcher for Tropical Plant Diversity, University of Leiden) is involved. In addition, Prof. Dr. J. van den Broek (Head of the Department Science, Communication and Society at Leiden University) is supervisor for transferring the knowledge and findings to residents, property owners, developers and users.
Design Academy Eindhoven
The Design Academy is indirectly involved. Recently graduated designers of the Academy investigate the international status of the natural inclusive design and construction, and translate the information from the research process into products for the redevelopment plans including nature.
Amsterdam Academy of Architecture
The Master education for Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architects delivers five, interdisciplinary interested students who participate for 3 months on a full time basis in the project. The role of these students is similar to that of the alumni from Eindhoven: participation in the research and making spatial design proposals during the design week in phase 3.
University of Amsterdam
The Faculty of Architectural History brings in students that investigate the history of the Cruquius area. As a reminder to the former harbour and railway use the area boasts a number of rare plant species. The role of the students is to provide input for the design session.
City of Amsterdam – Local Municipality
The Eastern district government is closely involved and supports the research financially.
The largest land owner in the Cruquius area is approached in order to develop outdoor space simultaneously with the proposed buildings and to participate in the project. The organisers of this project are in conversation with the architects at this moment.
Stichting Cruquius 2015
In the Stichting Cruquius 2015 a dozen owners within the Cruquius area united. They make joint agreements on the redevelopment, ensuring alignment and talk to the municipality about the implementation and operation of the spatial rules applied to the area. Stefan Bergsma is the coordinator of the foundation and will present a development project to the participants. Some owners have already proposed ideas for interventions including nature for their specific building.
De Nieuwe Vaart
The board of Nieuwe Vaart has offered its building as a test case to develop solutions that contribute to the increase of biodiversity. They will receive concrete proposals from this project. About the implementation of the proposals no arrangements have been made so far.