News - 12 March 2021

Study into Maximising Use of Amsterdam’s Fringe Areas Released

UNStudio’s vision for developing a fringe area of Amsterdam was published in February, as part of a study investigating how to strengthen the outskirts of the Dutch capital amid increasing densification.

A joint initiative by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) and ARCAM, the study outlines possible scenarios for bolstering five fringe areas of Amsterdam - North, West, Southwest, South and Southeast.

UNStudio’s Urban unit was assigned the south western edge of the city, where both the Amsterdamse Bos, a large forest area, and Schiphol Airport are located.

Given the noise and safety risks, this periphery area cannot develop further into a typical urban environment. With this in mind, UNStudio’s vision is to create a ‘HyperEdge’, which makes use of the borderline between two city fringes, connecting them by a new meandering path for people and nature.

This intervention demarcates areas on both sides of the city edge that can function as zones for recreation, arts, research and experimentation, offering an urban habitat for 'humans at play'.

The results of the year-long study have been released in a publication called 'Stadsranden lab: new typologies for the city's crumple zones’.

According to BNA Research and ARCAM, the scenarios not only have value for Amsterdam, but for "all cities, villages and neighbourhoods that are looking for that golden edge".

The ‘Stadsranden lab’ (City Outskirts Lab) was supported by the Municipality of Amsterdam and partly financed by the Supplement for Top Consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs) from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ymere and the EFL Foundation. The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences cooperated as knowledge partners.

The full study is available here.