Where systems meet

a transformation to cohousing in Hoptille, Amsterdam

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Abstract

Hoptille in the South-East of Amsterdam was created to foster a sense of human-scale architecture amongst the high-rise manifestation that was the Bijlmermeer project. Fourty years later this neighborhood still exists as a modest yet dense neighborhood flanked by an increasingly densifying Amsterdam.
This neighborhood is one of the more fragile areas of the city socially and economically. With new housing planned all around the region will there still be a place for everyone in the city?
To effect change the point of attention is the area where systems meet. An intermediate space between the individual and the industry or larger urban network. This project explores how cohousing can benefit Hoptille, socially, economically, and ecologically. And proposes a strategy to do this.