eilandenbuurt, Alkmaar

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The main idea for the Eilandenbuurt is to improve the living environment for the residents, to find better use of the many empty spaces in the neighborhood and at the same time improve the social coherence of the area.

At first the inhabitants of Eilandenbuurt were a bit aloof to the invitation of the architects to participate and they didn’t turn up in large numbers. But the presence of legu in their streets caught their attention and many people came to talk with the architects. They had many funny stories to tell about their neighborhood, but also complaints about the currents situation and ideas about how things could become more attractive.

In the area of the Eilandenbuurt is a lot of empty public space and therefore plenty of opportunity to create new places to meet, play, bicycle etcetera. Three concepts will be developed from which a preliminary design will be formulated.