Responses from the Planning Offices of the Amsterdam Municipality

Ton Schaap will extensively address the commons as a possible tool in urban planning, derived from his experiences in the Amsterdam urban developments in the last decades. The development of the city of Amsterdam has shown a broad range of scales that has been addressed. The financial crisis shifted the attention from the huge transformations and developments towards more slow and particular ways of (re)development. How do these changes affect today’s assignment for the city, and how could the commons as figure and project contribute to the new directions that city
is going?

Ton Schaap is working at the municipality of Amsterdam and is lector of Urban Design at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.