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  • 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

  • ap | aamatters

    alexandra papadaki Working with AAmatters has given me the opportunity to go beyond conventional means of thinking on my design practice back to the team overview architect engineer & urban planner / associate of AAM Alexandra Papadaki (1985) graduated from the department of Architecture and Engineering at Democritus University of Thrace in Xanthi, Greece (BSc./MSc. 2011) and continued her studies in Design for Sustainable Development at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden (MSc. 2014). ​ A design studio in Zanzibar's Stone Town back in 2013 led to a for an architectural insight for the urban metamorphosis of N'gambo in Zanzibar. After her studies she started collaborating with AAmatters and the department of Urban and Rural Planning (DoURP) on Zanzibar. In parallel and in collaboration with Amélie Chauvin, she formed architects and developed a few private projects around the island. master thesis AforA Today Alexandra is running her own architecture office in Heraklion Crete in Greece, collaborates with (NL), AAmatters (NL), architects (NL), (GR) and Nikiforiades-Skaraki architects (GR); with projects going on between the Netherlands, Tanzania and Greece. FBW architecten IRIX Dayandas & associates projects involved Working with AAmatters has given me the opportunity to go beyond conventional means of thinking on my design practice. Sometimes it was intense, some others was challenging, but all of it has been extremely interesting and educational. The reason why working with AAmatters has been a unique and enjoyable experience so far is that, we grasp the fact that each project demands a different approach. In great collaboration with the multidisciplinary and diverse team of AAmatters, we constantly research new and/or redefine known methods and processes along the way to our proposals. Ng’ambo Housing Research Ng’ambo Tuitakayo Michenzani Green Corridors Ng’ambo Atlas Coen Beeker Zanzibar Local Area Plans ​

  • SBI 2019 Social Life | aamatters

    Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism - collective city - 2019 QR section Additional information and QR support 사회 생활 잔지바르의 일상생활의 큰 부분은 길위에서 일어납니다. 예를 들자면, 스와힐리 건물의 전통적 특징인 바라자(baraza) 는 모든 가정집의 입구에 있는 반 공공적 공간으로, 이 공간에는 남자와 여자들이 함께 앉아서, 이야기도 하고, 지나가는 사람들과 인사도 교환하는 것을 목격할 수 있습니다. 이와 반대로, 마스칸(maskan) 이라고 하는 공간은 남자들만이 모이는 공간입니다. 한 편으로는 남녀가 옥외 공간을 별도로 다른 방식으로 차지하지만, 또 다른 한편으로는 시내안에 남녀 성별 구별없이, 모두가 일상적으로 그리고 특별한 행사들을 위해서, 모일 수 있는 공간들이 존재합니다. Ng’ambo의 사회생활을 위해서 역사적으로 그리고 현 시대에 있어서 중요 장소들로는 다음과 같은 장소들이 포함됩니다: 모스크, 시장, 클럽하우스, 커뮤니티 홀, 교통 요지 및 수도물 시설이 있는 곳. 이러한 장소들은 그 본질과 기능이 크게 다르지만, 지역 커뮤니티의 사회생활에서 과거에 역할을 했거나 아니면 지금도 역할을 하고 있다는 측면에서 공통점을 가지고 있습니다. Ng’ambo 의 사회생활에 대해서 좀 더 알고 싶으시면 XX 선을 따라 가십시오. Ng’ambo Treasure Box LEGEND: Social Life A large part of day-to-day life in Zanzibar takes place in the streets. The baraza, for instance – a traditional feature of Swahili buildings – is a semi-public space at the entrance to each family house, where you can find men and women sitting, chatting and exchanging greetings with passers-by. A maskan, on the other hand, is a popular gathering place for men only. While men and women occupy the outdoor spaces in different ways, there are places within the city where people cross paths regardless of gender, both on a daily basis and for special occasions. Important historical and contemporary places for Ng’ambo social life include mosques, markets, clubhouses, community halls, traffic nodes, and water taps. These places differ substantially in nature and function, but what they do have in common is the important role they either played or continue to play in the social life of the local community. Follow the XX line to find out more about social life in Ng’ambo.

  • Dak’art Workshop and Exhibition | aamatters

    Invitation Dak’art Workshop and Exhibition CategorY , Education Exhibition ​ Period 2012 ​ AAmatters team Berend van der Lans ​ Partners /Collaborators College Universtaire de l’Architecture de Dakar Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dakar ​ tags #public space #architecture #reinvention African public space may well provide successful solutions for public space challenges in the West – was the conclusion of the jury of the Blueprints of Paradise competition, developed by the Afrika Museum and AAmatters in 2010. ​ As part of the Dak’art Biannual, the College Universitaire de l’Architecture de Dakar and AAmatters explored this further in a workshop with over 40 students of the 1st to 3rd year of the school, taking place in the week before the Dak’art Biannual 2012, being opened by Senegal’s new Minister of Culture Yousou N’Dour on the 11th of May. ​ The results of this workshop, 6 proposals that aim to optimise the public space in and around Amsterdam CS, introducing ‘structured order’, ‘improved interconnectivity’ and multiple, more spontaneous and flexible use of the space, were presented during the exhibition ‘Vision sénégalaise sur l’espace public aux Pays-Bas: La Gare Centrale d’Amsterdam Réinventée’ as part of the OFF programme of the Dak’art Biannual. The exhibition was held in the garden of the Residence of the Dutch Ambassador, at the Rue des Ambassadeurs in Dakar between 18 May and 1 June 2012. The workshop was run by Mamadou Jean-Charles Tall, Mouhamadou Naby Kane (both CUAD), Cherif Diattara, Mbaye Sene (both Archi Art Concept) and Berend van der Lans (AAmatters). The project is supported by the Royal Netherlands embassy in Dakar. Relevant projects Blueprints of Paradise Stars of Dar Maputopia back to the projects overview

  • Accra Revisited | aamatters

    Accra Revisited Category Event ​ Period 2015 ​ AAmatters team Berend van der Lans ​ Partners /Collaborators ArchiAfrika Cityförster DASUDA RVO Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Accra ​ Relevant links Archifrika magazine Dasuda publication ​ tags #urban_planning #heritage #heritage_management Relevant projects Hifadhi Zanzibar back to the projects overview The ‘Urban Design Conference on Accra: Accra Revisited’ was organised by ArchiAfrika and DASUDA (Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa) together in February 2015. This conference was seeking to build upon existing development plans and initiatives in Accra and Ghana in order to initiate outcomes that can be built upon and executed in the medium to long term. A group of leading voices and advocates in the realm of economy, finance and economy, design and architecture, and the creative arts and culture came together and discussed the possibilities for sustainable urban development in Accra. Berend van der Lans from AAmatters contributed to the organisation of the event by giving advice to the organisational team and by organising a workshop on a model for private sector involvement in heritage management. This was focused upon the model of Stadsherstel Amsterdam, that also forms the basis of Hifadhi Zanzibar. From 25-27 February 2015, the Children’s Library in the centre of Accra formed the nucleus of ‘Accra Revisited’, an event with presentations, debates and workshops that brought together a group of visionary thinkers in architecture and urban space from West Africa. Also present were students from the Berlage Institute from Delft and a group of Dutch consultants and architects in an attempt to identify common grounds and fields of operation. For the Berlage students, the event was an insightful introduction for their commencing studio work, aiming at developing proposals for three nodes in Accra’s urban fabric. The urban challenges were not only debated by architects and urban planners. Also finance, mobility, education, design, marketing, the social and other sectors were represented, offering multiple dimensions and perspectives on Accra and the way it is developing. The Children’s Library was a manifestation in itself; , the local organiser of the event, made a huge efford through local support in funding and in kind to restore some of the glory of this 1956 monument that is threatened by demolition. ArchiAfrika showed what it stands for by not only bringing back life into the library, but also bringing the key note lecture of upcoming star architect to a public stage in the derelict Old Kingsway Building in James Town, sided by two of Ghana’s most successful rappers of today. This event was literally ground shaking and was attended by many, all impressed by Adeyemi’s approach and stamina in introducing new ways to architecture and city development in Nigeria and elsewhere. ArchiAfrika Kunle Adeyemi Workshop sessions focused on specific issues and challenges of a variety of scales in Accra. African Architecture Matters was present as well, to workshop the role that heritage can play in the city and to project the private investment model that has been successful in Amsterdam for over 60 years and in recent years has been effectively adapted in Paramaribo and Zanzibar on the case of Accra. Heritage constitutes an important source of identity and cohesion for communities. Losses caused to heritage can deprive a community of its memory, the physical testimony to its past, but also of a precious resource for social and economic development. Heritage tourism is a main source of income for many historic cities. In Accra, parts of the city can also be identified as highly valuable heritage. This is not limited to sites listed by UNESCO, it is even likely that areas like James and Usher Town are of more importance for identity and cohesion for the communities and have great potential for economic development. ArchiAfrika showed this by organising Adeyemi’s lecture in the Old Kingsway Building. It seems obvious that care of heritage is in the hands of the governments. However, capacities may be insufficient and governments may lack the visionary approach towards opportunities that is characteristic for the private sector. Successful examples of private contribution to heritage protection are scarse. is such an example that started as a private initiative in 1956, developed later into a public private partnership with the local government and contributed largely to the development of the historic city centre into an important economic driver for Amsterdam. Interest from overseas triggered the company to assist in similar initiatives elsewhere in the world. Stadsherstel Paramaribo has restored and is renting out a growing number of historic buildings since 2009. On Zanzibar some of the larger investors joined hands and are about to start with (Preserve Zanzibar ) on the East African island, famous for its World Heritage Site that is in needy shape. Stadsherstel Amsterdam N.V. Hifadhi Zanzibar Key in the three cases is, that the shareholders, mostly representatives of the local private sector, retain only a modest dividend, while the remainder of the profit is reinvested in extending the portfolio of the company. Property is never sold, but rented out on a profitable basis and well maintained. The visionary shareholders aim at maximising the investment in heritage based development of the city. Their benefit is long term; a more healthy urban environment also will be a better business environment. Is this a model that could work in Accra as well? Berend van der Lans, closely involved in the establishment of Hifadhi Zanzibar, presented what has been reached so far in Amsterdam, Surinam and Zanzibar, followed by a discussion on the fertility for such an initiative in Accra on the basis of concrete examples. The most important conclusions of the discussions were: The model needs a small group of visionary investors, who are keen to take this up as a challenge. It was believed that in Accra such a group could be formed; An extensively discussed issue was the land ownership situation, especially in James Town, the example that was taken as a potential pilot site. Many plots are in family ownership and traces of family history go back centuries. This on the one hand underpins the great heritage value of the property, on the other hand it may result in extensive negotiations with a large number of family members who all have or claim a say in an eventual transfer. Also, it was mentioned that the value of the plots in Accra and/or James Town is overrated. Expectations of owners may be far too high. This is a potential problem. Nevertheless, examples from for instance Johannesburg show that the potential of investment in built heritage can be very profitable. It means a critical look at sites and buildings in the larger region of Accra. Feasibility studies for buildings in James Town but also in other areas that historically are valuable need to be set up, to test the profitability. Similar studies have been set up in Paramaribo and Zanzibar, prior to the establishment of the respective companies. There was a concern that projects undertaken by such a company would mean that original inhabitants would be evicted and replaced by wealthier inhabitants, so called gentrification. This is partly a fair point, but the example companies from Amsterdam, Surinam and Zanzibar have high standards in that sense and either give existing inhabitants the possibility to come back at decent costs, or offer alternative housing. Also, the companies contribute to job creation and by improving the urban environment; the chances for work and development are improving as well.

  • mm | aamatters

    marie morel Working with AAM in Zanzibar has provided me with extensive knowledge of the area, as well as more hands on knowledge of producing a Local Area Plan, and has given me the opportunity to use my anthropological knowledge in an urban planning issue. anthropologist & urban planner / researcher / associate of AAM Marie Morel (1987) is currently working as a researcher for the lectorate Governance of Urban Issues, at the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam. For both her master theses in Anthropology and Urban Planning, she conducted fieldwork in Zanzibar as part of the project Ng’ambo Tuitakayo. From an anthropological perspective she researched the meaning of heritage for inhabitants of Ng’ambo, which she related to the role that heritage can have in the urban redevelopment of Ng’ambo. After that, she worked for African Architecture Matters on several projects where she always had a special interest in the role of immaterial culture in city planning. projects involved Marie assisted in the organisation of the symposium Finding Stories in January 2016 in Amsterdam. For the project Ng’ambo Tuitakayo , she was assistant project coordinator in the mapping of intangible heritage, together with Iga Perzyna in February 2016, which led to recommendations for the Local Area Plan of Ng’ambo . Currently, she is working with others from the AAMatters collective on the Atlas of Ng’ambo , in which all the valuable insights from the mapping and the wider project will be published. 'Working with AAMatters in Zanzibar has provided me with extensive knowledge of the area, as well as more hands on knowledge of producing a Local Area Plan, and has given me the opportunity to use my anthropological knowledge in an urban planning issue.' back to the team overview

  • Art and Architecture at Work | aamatters

    AAW group picture Art and Architecture at Work Category , Event Publication ​ Period 2012 - 2013 ​ AAmatters team Berend van der Lans ​ Partners /Collaborators BOZAR ArchiAfrika European Commission GoDown Arts Centre ​ Relevant links Bozar article ​ tags #architecture #urbanism #art #community #policy Relevant projects Abattoir Casablanca In the context of the UN Habitat Governing Council Meeting that took place that took place in Nairobi, 15-18 April 2013, a workshop was organised on inclusive urban development in the African urban realm. This workshop was organised in collaboration with the European Commission, the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR - Brussels) as well as GoDown Arts Centre, ArchiAfrika and Wolff Architects. Berend van der Lans from AAmatters compiled a publication for this event and lead the workshop that took place in the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi and involved Joy Mboya from the GoDown Arts Centre, Joe Addo from ArchiAfrika and Heinrich Wolff from Wolff Architects and a considerable representation of architects, planners and the cultural world from Nairobi. The results of the workshop were presented in the programme of the UN Habitat meeting. Also a presentation took place at the University of Nairobi. At the invitation of UN Habitat, the EC/BOZAR project Art at Work (expanded since the Kampala Regional conference into Art § Architecture at Work), advocated in this high-level official forum the role of artists and architects for urban resonance: dream, inclusiveness, and creativity for urban welfare. ​ Since independences, African artists, particularly photographers, have documented urban life on the Continent, from daily pleasures and struggles, to critical urban, political and environmental issues affecting city life. New aesthetics have emerged, as well as a conscious will by artists to engage in urban development. The growth of contemporary art centres and art biennials in the last 20 years all over the Continent, and their urban programs, attest to this thirst for expression and commitment to the city. A new young generation of African architects is equally socially, culturally and environmentally conscious, placing priority on Africa-relevant resources, design, employment, and sustainability. They offer new approaches to urban planning and development, in tune with urban cultures and environmental issues. ​ A few best practice cases - researched and compiled by Berend van der Lans of African Architecture Matters and BOZAR - are presented, in the form of an exhibit and a side event, as inspirations for urban planning approaches that enhance social cohesion and stability in the city. A publication has been prepared that can be as pdf as well. downloaded In the publication – with an introduction by José Manuel Barroso - there is among others attention to the work of GoDown Arts Centre and their ‘Nai Ni Who?’ project in Nairobi, Doual’art from Douala - Cameroon, Wolff Architects in South Africa, La Fabrique Culturelle in Casablanca – Morocco and Francis Kéré in Bourkina Faso and Mali. 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

  • Fanjove Lighthouse | aamatters

    Fanjove Lighthouse CategorY , Research Consultancy ​ Period 2013 - 2017 ​ AAmatters team Antoni Folkers Belinda van Buiten Matteo Comminetti Alexandra Papadaki ​ Partners /Collaborators Essential Destinations (Malcolm Ryen and Micol Farina, research and supervision) Nicola Colangelo (financial support) ​ Relevant links Essential Destinations ​ tags #built heritage #research #restoration Relevant projects Hifadhi Zanzibar Fanjove Lighthouse is situated on Fanjove, the outermost island of the Mafia Archipelago, on the southern shores of Tanzania. The lighthouse was built in 1893 by the German colonial authorities, but abandoned at Independence in 1961. Subsequent decay and vandalization led to the building to become seriously endangered in 2013. A quick research was carried out in 2013 and some funds were made available in 2016-2017 to carry out the most urgent conservation works. back to the projects overview

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