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  • With a year’s delay the exhibition ‘It happens here’ finally opens its doors to the public

    Can you plan do-it-yourself culture? How do you design a street with the entire neighbourhood? And how do you renew a city without losing the old one? Discover how to make a city together at ‘It happens here.’. ’It happens here.’ is a 30-day long manifestation that celebrates initiative, experiment and interaction in urban planning. With an exhibition and a diverse programme in the monumental Amstelkerk in Amsterdam. Discover how citizens, pioneers, countercultures, architects and city planners are making the new city together. By giving space to self-building and unplanned renewal and by recognising the value of what is originally there, inhabitants remain owners of ‘their’ city. ’It happens here.’ is an initiative of Stadsherstel Amsterdam, African Architecture Matters, Space&Matter, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the City of Amsterdam. The space between the beaten tracks is where it happens. Come by and wander through the stories of the collective city. An important part of the exhibition includes the presentation of the Ng’ambo Atlas, that has been developed by the Government of Zanzibar and AAmatters, and presents the results of the collaboration between Zanzibar, Amsterdam, UNESCO and AAmatters. The Ng’ambo Atlas exhibition was also presented in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2019. In the context of the exhibition, debates and workshops are organised. Welcome to the Amstelkerk from October 29th to November 21th. Specially interested? Join us on the 19th November for a special viewing with the curators and makers of the exhibition! It happens here. October 29th to November 21th Amstelkerk Amsterdam Opening hours exhibition: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday 21st November 13:00 -17:00 Free admission For reservations and programme updates, please send an email to: hiergebeurthet@stadsherstel.nl More information here

  • join us in the next Localtalks session!

    Coming Wednesday, Localworks is hosting another of its special online sessions: Localtalks. This time the topic is based on preserving architectural heritage in East Africa. The event discussion will be preceded and guided by two presentations. The first presentation will explore specific examples of architectural heritage in Kampala, Uganda. It will be led by Timothy Latim, an independent photographer and designer who has experience documenting Ugandan heritage buildings. He will share his observations and findings about selected buildings and the roles they have played in society. Following this, the focus will shift to the practicalities behind preserving architectural heritage across East Africa. This angle is to be presented by our own Iga Perzyna and Berend van der Lans. They will share some challenges behind preserving heritage before unpacking potential tools and strategies for implementing preservation in the East African context. Some of the questions that will be brought to the discussion table are: How can you protect a building that is threatened by developments when people are unaware of its historical importance? What type of decision making and management is needed to protect the integrity and cultural significance of existing buildings in the future? How do you prevent an old building from becoming redundant or a financial burden? You can register for the event following this link And click here to find more information on Localtalks and their mission.

  • It happens here! - podcast series available online

    In a new podcast series ‘It happens here’, initiators, experts and facilitators explore in conversation to what extent ‘places’ can change the city. The conversations touch upon ideals and disappointments, support systems and challenges, money and municipality. But mostly, they’re about the fact that things can be done differently: spontaneously, experimentally, and together. In the third episode Marie Morel (AAM), Jessica Dikmoet and Nadia Tillon (Imagine IC) discuss how stories can - or should- change urban development. From Amsterdam to Zanzibar, they have captured stories of residents that showed the relevance of buildings and spaces that - at first glance - might seem aesthetically irrelevant for a professional designer or planner. AAM captured the stories of residents of Ng'ambo that were translated into recommendations for the spatial plan and eventually into the Ng'ambo Atlas Imagine IC unraveled the meaning of an old parking garage for many residents in the South East of Amsterdam that convinced the city of Amsterdam to give residents a voice in the renewal plans. Although in very different locations, the contributors of this episode agree on the need for more diversity in - and equality of - perspectives on heritage. With these different perspectives integrated in urban plans for the future, residents will feel more engaged in the making of their neighborhoods and (re)gain a sense of ownership. The podcast series consists of five episodes and you can listen to all of them by following this link: https://hiergebeurthet.nl/ P.S Unfortunately only in Dutch. The podcast is a part of the postponed exhibition It happens here. #exhibition #Culture #IntangibleHeritage #Zanzibar #Amsterdam #diy #Participatory #UrbanPlanning #Placemaking #HistoricUrbanLandscape

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    With a year’s delay the exhibition ‘It happens here’ finally opens its doors to the public Can you plan do-it-yourself culture? How do you design a street with the entire neighbourhood? And how do you renew a city without losing... join us in the next Localtalks session! Coming Wednesday, Localworks is hosting another of its special online sessions: Localtalks. This time the topic is based on preserving... It happens here! - podcast series available online In a new podcast series ‘It happens here’, initiators, experts and facilitators explore in conversation to what extent ‘places’ can... Blueprint for Majestic Cinema - every ending is always a new beginning On the 15th of February 2021 the Blueprint for Majestic Cinema project funded by Culture at Work Africa and co-funded by the European... Roleplaying for playgrounds at the RISE Africa 2021 Action Festival! We are excited to invite you to join our session during the RISE Africa 2021 Action Festival to create an imaginary playground with us!... Manifestation Amstelkerk postponed It happens here. (as soon as possible) Due to the latest Covid-19 related measures all activities in the Amstelkerk have been postponed until further notice. A tough, but... It happens here. Discover how to make a city together! Can you plan do-it-yourself culture? How do you design a street with the entire neighbourhood? And how do you renew a city without losing... International Forum on Cultural Spaces in Kigali In March this year Rwanda Arts Initiative (RAI) in collaboration with BOZAR (B) and AAmatters organised the International Forum on... Playing Mahonda – High Rise wishes? Mahonda , currently a small agricultural village north of Zanzibar Town, is planned to grow into a regional centre catering for a... Africa and the Academy in the 21st Century - An interactive multi-disciplinary conversation - Basel, 25 years ago, the conference and landmark publication ‘Africa and the Disciplines’ reflected upon Africa’s position in relation to... 1 2 3 4 5 Featured With a year’s delay the exhibition ‘It happens here’ finally opens its doors to the public Recent news With a year’s delay the exhibition ‘It happens here’ finally opens its doors to the public join us in the next Localtalks session! It happens here! - podcast series available online Blueprint for Majestic Cinema - every ending is always a new beginning Roleplaying for playgrounds at the RISE Africa 2021 Action Festival! Search By CAtegories Publication (8) 8 posts Research (6) 6 posts Event (21) 21 posts Exhibition (11) 11 posts Presentation (16) 16 posts Education (4) 4 posts Consultancy (1) 1 post Community (5) 5 posts Workshop (5) 5 posts Urban planning (6) 6 posts Search By Tags collaboration festival heritage online workshop participatory design playgrounds podcast rise africa roleplay sustainable urban future talks tanzania Uganda urban zanzibar Archive October 2021 (1) 1 post September 2021 (1) 1 post May 2021 (3) 3 posts October 2020 (1) 1 post September 2020 (1) 1 post October 2019 (5) 5 posts August 2019 (1) 1 post March 2019 (2) 2 posts February 2019 (1) 1 post January 2019 (2) 2 posts September 2018 (1) 1 post March 2018 (1) 1 post February 2018 (3) 3 posts November 2017 (1) 1 post October 2017 (1) 1 post September 2017 (1) 1 post August 2017 (1) 1 post April 2017 (1) 1 post February 2017 (1) 1 post November 2016 (1) 1 post September 2016 (1) 1 post July 2016 (2) 2 posts May 2016 (1) 1 post April 2016 (2) 2 posts February 2016 (2) 2 posts January 2016 (3) 3 posts December 2015 (3) 3 posts November 2015 (1) 1 post October 2015 (1) 1 post September 2015 (1) 1 post July 2015 (1) 1 post June 2015 (4) 4 posts February 2015 (2) 2 posts January 2015 (1) 1 post November 2014 (1) 1 post September 2014 (1) 1 post August 2014 (1) 1 post May 2014 (2) 2 posts April 2014 (4) 4 posts February 2014 (2) 2 posts December 2013 (1) 1 post October 2013 (1) 1 post September 2013 (1) 1 post April 2013 (4) 4 posts February 2013 (1) 1 post January 2013 (2) 2 posts November 2012 (1) 1 post October 2012 (1) 1 post September 2012 (1) 1 post August 2012 (1) 1 post JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER! Subscribe to our mailing list for news and updates Follow Us

  • North East Unguja Special Area Plan | aamatters

    North East Unguja Special Area Plan CategorY Urban and rural planning , Consultancy ​ Period 2017 ​ AAmatters team Antoni Folkers Alexandra Papadaki ​ Partners /Collaborators Department of Urban and Rural Planning (DoURP) Government of Zanzibar SYKE Finland (client) Turku University (Finland) SUZA University (Zanzibar) Other government departments ​ tags #urban planning #rural planning #visions #consultancy #guidelines Relevant projects Ng'ambo Tuitakayo Zanzibar Local Area Plans Consultancy to the Department of Urban and Rural Planning in Zanzibar for the production of a Special Area Plan for the Northeastern coastal strip and facing marine area on Unguja Island. It is the first time that marine and land planning are being combined in one policy and strategy document. ​ The plan encompasses some 40 kilometer coastal zone with substantial recent tourist development which has not been developed in conjunction with local social, cultural and natural values. The Special Area Plan envisages plan proposals, policies and strategies to reach an integrated spatial development for this fragile and beautiful landscape. back to the projects overview

  • ec | aamatters

    elena cattani During those months I felt like we planted a seed somewhere between the Michenzani Blocks. It makes me feel really excited to see that the seed seems to start growing into a plant! a Steven Zijlstra (28), holding a Master’s degree (ir./MSc.) in Real Estate and Housing from the Delft University of Technology. After my graduation in 2015 I had the chance to work on the housing research at AA Matters. Since June 2015, I work at Diepenhorst de Vos and Partners in The Hague as a project manager / (delegated) project developer. My main focus lies on the redevelopment of shopping center Colmschate, Deventer (Holland). I am passionate about redevelopment projects in a complex context, to improve that context while representing the desires of the client. My field of expertise is project (re)development, project management and real estate finance. projects involved Housing Strategies in a Historic Urban Landscape I researched the housing strategies and did a feasibility study to densify the Neighbourhood of Ng’ambo while respecting its tangible and intangible heritage, which eventually resulted in the Ng’ambo Housing Action Plan. I really enjoyed my time in Zanzibar and Tanzania. Great and dedicated people, good fun. During those months I felt like we planted a seed somewhere between the Michenzani Blocks. It makes me feel really excited to see that the seed seems to start growing into a plant! Another moment I can remember and cherish was the signing session of the shareholder meeting of Hifadhi Zanzibar. A big moment and such a good initiative for Zanzibar City. back to the team overview

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