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  • it | aamatters

    ivan thung 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

  • Finding Stories | aamatters

    Finding Stories CategorY Event ​ Period 2015 - 2016 ​ AAmatters team Antoni Folkers Marie Morel Berend van der Lans Iga Perzyna ​ Partners /Collaborators Department of Urban and Rural Planning Zanzibar Municipality of Amsterdam Stadsherstel Amsterdam ​ Relevant links Leiden Anthropology blog article ​ tags #urban planning #intangible heritage #placemaking #culture Relevant projects Ng'ambo Tuitakayo Ng'ambo Atlas Ng’ambo Housing Research It seems obvious that culture and immaterial heritage are important components for regeneration plans in cities. However, it remains a challenge to find the often hidden stories representing the culture of the existing communities and to then incorporate them in planning and design. The Municipality of Amsterdam and the Government of Zanzibar – both managing UNESCO World Heritage Sites - were working on the development of strategies for heritage-based urban regeneration in Zanzibar. This developed from a particular interest from Zanzibar in the collaboration between the private and public sector in Amsterdam when it comes to using heritage as driver for development. Within this collaboration the focus was on the heritage based regeneration of Ng’ambo, a less known area just outside of the world famous Stone Town, but equally interesting in historic sense. Next to mapping of the tangible component, it was essential to uncover the cultural and socio-economic framework in the area. This integral approach is the key principle of the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape approach, for which Ng’ambo is an important pilot project in East Africa. The mapping of the intangible heritage of the area – based upon intensive community involvement - was about to start after the symposium. This was the reason to organise the symposium Finding Stories as part of a workshop with colleagues from Zanzibar and Amsterdam. The symposium included project introductions by Aart Oxenaar (Director Department Monuments and Archaeology City of Amsterdam), Muhammad Juma (Director Department for Urban and Rural Planning Zanzibar) and Antoni Folkers (African Architecture Matters), followed by key note lectures on the relation between tangible and intangible heritage (Dr. Gabri van Tussenbroek, City of Amsterdam) and the relevance of the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Approach ( Karim Hendili, UNESCO). Additionally, cases from Casablanca (by Abderrahim Kassou), Benin, Chad and Morocco (by Franck Houndegla) and Mozambique (by Silje Elroy Sollien) were presented, followed by a panel discussion on tools and techniques for involving intangible heritage in urban planning and the relevance of this for the urban climate. The symposium was closed off with sessions that were specifically focused on tools and techniques for Finding Stories in Ng’ambo and the translation of Stories in Urban Planning and Design for Ng’ambo. The outcomes of the symposium were instrumental for the research that was executed in Ng’ambo in March – May 2016 and formed a basis for the Local Area Plan that is now adopted by the Government of Zanzibar for the redevelopment of the area. ​ Document available for download in the AAmatters online Library . back to the projects overview

  • Ng’ambo Housing Research | aamatters

    tuitakayo4 IMG_8155 copie (1) Ng’ambo Housing Research CategorY Research , Workshops Period 2015 ​ AAmatters team Berend van der Lans Steven Zijlstra Antoni Folkers Aurora Kazi Bassett Nicole Bolomey Amélie Chauvin Alexandra Papadaki ​ Partners /Collaborators DoURP ZSSF City of Amsterdam Stadsherstel Amsterdam NV ​ Relevant links facebook page TOS master thesis blog ​ tags #affordable housing #Heritage based urban regeneration #intangible heritage #urban planning Relevant projects Ng'ambo tuitakayo Ng’ambo Atlas Finding Stories Since 2013, the Department of Urban and Rural Planning (DoURP) of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, together with African Architecture Matters and other partners, is advancing on the heritage-based regeneration of Ng’ambo following the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape approach. Through mapping exercises and a design by research / research by design approach under the flag of ‘Ng’ambo Tuitakayo’ (The Ng’ambo we want), a Local Area Plan for Ng’ambo and Policy Planning Guidelines for Historic Urban Areas are being developed. Ng’ambo is earmarked the future city centre following the Masterplan for Zanzibar town, Zansplan (2015). In the Masterplan, it is further stated that the area is considered inclusive and mixed use, hence a mix of commercial and residential use. Residential use is essential if one strives for heritage-based regeneration, with an emphasis on intangible heritage. Intangible heritage is the socio-cultural component of the urban history; this comes for a great part from its residents. This forms an important driver for the development of a specific strategy to realise affordable housing in the existing urban tissue, providing opportunities for the current inhabitants to remain residing in the area but at the same time improving the urban quality and living conditions. Affordable housing in Africa is usually provided on clean sheet sites at the periphery of urban areas. If housing is realised in urban zones, the existing structures are pushed aside, often with their residents, and replaced by high-end commercial residential development. Maintaining the current residents – of whom a substantial part is of modest means – as future residents in the area, means that strategies need to be developed to realise affordable housing in the area that fits well into the Local Area Plan. In December 2014, this was the motivation for DoURP and AAmatters to start a research and organise a workshop on housing strategies in a Historic Urban Landscape (HUL), supported by Zanzibar Social Security Fund. The result of the research and workshop was presented in a report that was published in August 2015. The report included the Ng’ambo Housing Action Plan that was further discussed in workshops in October and December 2015. The conclusions of these discussions have been condensed in a further elaborated proposal for the Ng’ambo Housing Action Plan (NGH Action Plan) and has been presented to partners of DoURP to stimulate the formation of the NGH Action Team. The next steps are being prepared in 2017. Download the report here back to the projects overview

  • Hifadhi Zanzibar | aamatters

    Hifadhi Zanzibar CategorY Consultancy ​ Period 2012 - current ​ AAmatters team Berend van der Lans Aurora Kazi Bassett ​ Partners /Collaborators Hifadhi Zanzibar Government of Zanzibar Stadsherstel Amsterdam NV Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands RVO ​ Relevant links Hifadhi Zanzibar facebook page Hifadhi Zanzibar twitter Hifadhi Zanzibar linkedin ​ tags #heritage management #real estate #shareholders #private sector Hifadhi Zanzibar is a company that acquires, restores, rents out and manages monumental property in Zanzibar in a sustainable way. The shareholders – all from the local private sector in Zanzibar – receive a modest dividend while the majority of the profits will be used to reinvest in new property. Hifadhi aims to have an ever-increasing impact on the state of Zanzibar’s built heritage and Stone Town in particular. The built heritage of Zanzibar is of exceptional universal value, making it attractive as tourism destination. Tourism is Zanzibar’s most important driver for economic development, hence crucial for the future of Zanzibar. Hifadhi Zanzibar is based upon the same principles as Stadsherstel Amsterdam, the monumental real estate management company that operates in Amsterdam since 1956. In over 60 years, they have extended their property to around 450 buildings in the city centre and close to 600 in total. Their operations had a major impact on the regeneration of Amsterdam as a modern and up to date city that is well rooted into its rich history. Since 2012, a team of local investors has been preparing the start of Hifadhi Zanzibar. The private sector formed a coalition with government-related organisations like Stone Town Conservation and Development Authority, the Department of Urban and Rural Planning and with the Zanzibar Chamber of Commerce to prepare the first steps. In 2015 the company was formed and registered. Hifadhi has now acquired its first buildings and prepares the building works. The Board of Directors of Hifadhi Zanzibar is formed by Nassor El-Mahruki, Masoud Salim and Tonino Garau, while the daily management has been provided by Maryam Mansab, Aurora Kazi Bassett and currently by Klaartje Schade and Andrew Anthony. Stadsherstel Amsterdam and in particular Paul Morel is supporting Hifadhi Zanzibar with advice, while African Architecture Matters assists the company on a daily basis, at times on site. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has provided support to make this possible. Relevant projects Ng’ambo Tuitakayo Learning from Casablanca Accra Revisited back to the projects overview

  • bvb | aamatters

    belinda van buiten The ‘Learning from Casablanca’ research project aims at surfacing what motivations, decisions and reasons lay behind the self-organised developments in these areas. back to the team overview architect / artist After her studies in Delft Belinda van Buiten worked in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) for L+ P architects and the Institute for Tropical building. In 1990 she worked for Hubert-Jan Henket architects, where she also worked on a regular basis during her studies. In 1992 she established, together with Antoni Folkers en Geoffrey Wilks, FBW Architects with branches in Manchester, Dar es Salaam, Utrecht, Kampala and Kigali. Apart from her work in the FBW office she is a guest lecturer practising on various universities and schools for advanced education in the Netherlands. She has been president of Bouwnetwerk (2003-2005), a network for women active in the construction industry and is, on a regular basis, member of commissions for spatial quality. Belinda is one of the founders of ArchiAfrika, aiming to put African architecture and urbanism on the world map. For African Architecture Matters, the foundation that evolved out of ArchiAfrika, she organised various exhibitions in Africa as guest curator. projects involved Learning from Casablanca Belinda was guest curator of exhibition ‘Learning from Casablanca’ in the Cathedral of Casablanca in Morocco as part of the International ArchiAfrika ‘African Perspectives’ Conference in November 2011. 'We managed to organise the exhibition in short time due to the enthusiastic and inspiring collaboration with Casamemoire and the Ecole Superieure de l'Architecture de Casablanca and a group of international students from the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture. The ‘Learning from Casablanca’ research project had its focus on the urban, architectural and socio-geographical analysis of two modernist neighbourhoods in Casablanca and aims at surfacing what motivations, decisions and reasons lay behind the self-organised developments in these areas. The spatial structure in Casablanca has been considerably transformed and appropriated by the inhabitants over time to respond to the requirements and aspirations of everyday life. The neighbourhoods Hay Hassani and Hay Mohammadi are highly interesting cases as they went through substantial changes since their constructions between 1950 and 1962, initiated by its residents.' passado-presente-futuro MAPUTOPIA In Maputo Belinda was guest curator of exhibition ‘MAPUTOPIA passado-presente-futuro’ in the Conselho Municipal de Maputo for the 125th anniversary of Maputo in November 2012. 'Within this exhibition I worked in close collaboration with the late dean of the Department of Architecture of the University of Pretoria Karel Bakker and the Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning of the Eduardo Mondlane University of Maputo, the Delft University of Technology, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with a group of international architectural students from various universities. ‘Maputopia’ celebrates Maputo’s wonderful architectural qualities through a mapping exercise of its past, present and its possible future: another 125 years of architectural pride. For the 125th anniversary of Maputo, this exhibition celebrates Maputo’s architecture and, at the same time, brings current challenges to its heritage to the fore. Academics and artists meet each other and present a penetrating view on the city.'

  • Majestic Cinema | aamatters

    BLUEPRINT FOR MAJESTIC CINEMA CULTURE HUB CategorY Consultancy Research ​ Period 2019-2020 ​ AAmatters team Berend van der Lans Iga Perzyna ​ Partners /Collaborators Hifadhi Zanzibar Ltd. Reclaim Women Space Busara Promotions Zanzibar International Film Festival Project funded by Culture at Work Africa ​ Relevant links Culture at Work Africa ​ Hifadhi Zanzibar Ltd. Busara Promotions Zanzibar International Film Festival ​ tags #architecture #culture #research #collaboration #cinema The history of cinema in Zanzibar goes back to the early 20th century. In its heydays the island was home to three permanent movie theatres visited weekly by hundreds of people hungry for entertainment and curious about the wider world. For a long time, cinemas were one of the few social and cultural venues in town that brought together people from various social backgrounds, ethnicities and genders. Today, of the three purpose-built cinemas only the Majestic Cinema in Vuga, built in 1954 remains in its original use. Despite the steadily declining public and poor technical and structural condition of the building, Abdulhussein Marashi, the manager of the cinema since the 1980s, has managed to keep its doors open until today. ​ Through the project Blueprint For Majestic Cinema ‘Culture Hub’ Hifadhi Zanzibar, together with its project partners ZIFF, Busara Promotions and Reclaim Women Space, seeks to create a socio-cultural and operational basis for the proposed cultural hub in the Majestic Cinema. AAmatters assists Hifadhi and its partners in the development of the project. The culture hub will draw on the inclusive and egalitarian traditions of cinema in Zanzibar and will serve as cultural centre for people, a meeting place for different arts and a platform for dialogue. The future use of the building will be centred around its original use as a cinema, but in order to ensure its sustainability it will also be provided with additional functions such as offices for our project partners and commercial spaces e.g. a café, snack bar or restaurant. The project is the first step in the process leading to the restoration of the building, but will itself not result in physical work on the cinema. Relevant projects Art & Architecture at Work Abattoir Casablanca back to the projects overview

  • Meet the team | aamatters

    meet the team berend van der lans architect / director of AAM Amélie chauvin architect / associate of AAM iga perzyna architectural historian / associate of AAM alexandra papadaki architect engineer / associate of AAM marie morel anthropologist & urban planner / researcher / associate of AAM Franka van Marrewijk urban planner & designer Immanuel Kwaku Sirron-Kakpor architect antie kaan project and mediatheque support past team members Antoni Folkers architect / co-founder of AAM aurora kazi bassett history of cities and city planning / project manager Brendan Culley social geographer / urban project manager belinda van buiten architect / artist Sarah Benbouazza architect & urban planner / intern Marloes Hamelink cultural anthropologist / qualitative researcher Nicole bolomey heritage and landscape specialist Steven Zijlstra real estate / project manager / researcher Rachel Jenkins visual & communication strategies AAM network

  • SBI 2019 Place-names | aamatters

    Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism - collective city - 2019 QR section Additional information and QR support 지명들 Ng’ambo 동네안 지명들은 그 지역 역사에 대한 많은 상세정보를 알려주고 있습니다. 대부분의 이름들은 수백년에 걸쳐서 이 지역주민들에 의해서 계속적으로 사용되어 온 역사적 이름들입니다. 이 지명들은Ng’ambo 주민들의 사고와 생활 및 관습들에 대한 단서들을 제공하고, 주민들의 집단기억의 중요한 요소들 입니다. 그 지역에서 생긴 지명의 근원들은 매우 다양하지만, 수많은 스와힐리 타도시들이 식민지 통치에 영향을 입었던 것과 달리, 그들은 자신들의 원주민 뿌리를 유지해 왔습니다. Ng’ambo의 대부분 지명들은 주변의 일상 및 관습세계로부터 나온 명칭으로서, 주민들에 의해서 명명되었습니다: 나무이름, 활동들, 토지소유자, 유명인사들, 혹은 자연 현상들. 이 지명들에 대한 뒷이야기들이 많이 알려져 있기도 하지만, 그 지명의 근원에 대해서 알려져 있지 않거나, 혹은 그 추측이 다양하거나 , 때로는 서로 상반되는 이야기로 알려져 있는 경우들도 있습니다. Ng’ambo 의 여러 지명들에 얽혀 있는 역사에 대해서 좀 더 알고 싶으시면 XX 선을 따라 가십시오. Ng’ambo Treasure Box LEGEND: PLACE-NAMES Place names in Ng’ambo’s neighbourhoods reveal many details of area’s history. The majority of names are historical names which have been in constant use by the community for over a hundred years. They provide clues to the thoughts, lives and customs of Ng’ambo’s residents and are important elements of people’s collective memory. The origins of names occurring in the area are various, but unlike many other Swahili cities subjected to colonial rule, they have maintained their indigenous roots. Most of the place names in Ng’ambo are given by people based on the everyday, customary world around them: trees, activities, land-ownership, well-known personalities, or natural features. Many of the stories behind the names are still known by the people, but there are also names whose roots are unknown, or which elicit varied, sometimes conflicting stories. Follow the XX line to find out more about the history behind some names in Ng’ambo.

  • bvdl | aamatters

    berend van der lans It is beautiful to see how perspectives are widened and the opportunities that are arising are taken. Our projects bring so much more than the direct results. architect / director of AAM Berend van der Lans (1966) has been working as an architect in Europe and Africa since 1992. In 2001, he co-founded the ArchiAfrika foundation, aiming to put African architecture and urbanism on the world map by making knowledge available, connecting people and enhancing the architectural debate on the continent. Berend facilitated the transformation of the foundation to an international organisation with - since 2012 - its base in Accra, Ghana. ​ In 2010, Berend and Antoni Folkers started African Architecture Matters. He is involved in many of the projects and is responsible for the office management and communication. He has published articles, contributed to publications and given lectures on various topics on architecture and urbanism in Africa. ​ As an architect, Berend van der Lans has been undertaking a wide range of projects, from rural hospitals in Africa to complicated European inner city design and execution. Since 2007 he runs Architectureplus, offering architecture and project management services. projects involved ​ Since Berend is involved in most of the projects, it goes too far to mention all of them here. Please see the projects section for an overview. Berend's general reflection on AAmatters: 'Our projects bring together people from many backgrounds in a wide variety of fields in the urban realm. Connections are made, bridges built. It is beautiful to see how perspectives are widened and the opportunities that are arising are taken. Our projects bring so much more than the direct results'. back to the team overview

  • bc | aamatters

    Brendan Culley The city served as a precursor in residential projects of Western Europe in the fifties and the following decades, so there are many things that we can learn from Casablanca. social geographer / urban project manager Brendan Culley's studies in the field of Geography took him to Utrecht University for a Master's in Urban Geography in 2010. That is where he got to work with AAmatters in the context of his thesis project. After that, he moved back to this hometown in Brussels and completed a second masters in Geography where he wrote his thesis on Ethnic entrepreneurship in the inner city. He now works on urban regeneration for a local municipality of Saint-Josse in Brussels, managing the Duurzaam wijkcontract programme which provides new public ameneties, better public space and a range of socio-economic cohesion initiatives to a neighbourhood that needs a fresh start. projects involved Learning from Casablanca During his studies in Urban Geography, Brendan began to develop an interest in the underlying mechanics which are at play in shaping cities of this world. ​ 'You have top-down urban planning which translates a vision for the city or the development of a new neighbourhood, and you have bottom-up urban adaptation which follows a raw, immediate necessity that has its roots in family, living standards, household rythms, and even broader traits that pertain to society or tradition. These two approaches converse in the most spectacular fashion in the modernist experiment called 'Casablanca'. The city served as a precursor in residential projects of western Europe in the fifties and the following decades, so there are many things that we can learn from Casablanca.' ​ The user-initiated physical appropriation of dwellings by locals is what Brendan's Master's Thesis is all about. And it fitted well into the multi-disciplinary research programme steered by AAmatters. If you want to read more about Brendan's thesis, it can be found . here back to the team overview

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