Amsterdam human capital by Willem Salet, Sako Musterd

By Willem Salet, Sako Musterd

The altering spatial association of town of Amsterdam displays a larger-scale method: the popular form of Western towns is altering around the globe. for hundreds of years, the city middle was once taken without any consideration because the point of interest for overseas contacts and daily actions. The essays accrued right here examine how city areas were transformed—not basically spatially yet socially, economically, and culturally—into multi-centered metropolitan arrays, with members interpreting the recent city identities which could emerge from such altering stipulations.

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Property interests remained sacred, so that the implementation of any plan would inevitably encounter huge legal as well as physical problems. HumanCapital 06-03-2003 16:50 Pagina 40 Prefect of the Seine” – a reference to Baron Haussmann, who had been given virtual carte blanche by Emperor Napoleon III to sweep away medieval Paris. Originally, new development was mainly confined to the “reserve space” still available to the city, along the line of the old, now demolished city walls – the Marnixstraat and Weteringschans – and in the Plantage.

In some ways Berlage thought like a Renaissance master builder. HumanCapital 06-03-2003 16:50 Pagina 43 body the “powerful social ethos” of his time, as city historian Richter Roegholt calls it, in an ambitious residential environment. In so doing, everything had to submit to the Plan of the Master Builder, the mediator between the higher values and dimensions of the universe and the reality of streets and buildings. His first plan, from 1905, looked rather park-like, with plenty of water, greenery and attractive footpaths.

Expansion occurred quite rapidly. Sections of the Amstel were constantly being reclaimed and new houses built on them. And so the dike became a street – although its original profile can still be discerned, for example in the passageway under the C&A building between the Nieuwendijk and the Damrak. Whilst the foundations for a commercial building on Rokin were being laid, part of the original riverbank was discovered. This clearly reveals how the early pioneers accomplished the first expansions of the city: with mud, turf, and lots and lots of the rubbish discarded by the earliest inhabitants themselves.

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