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Over a number of years the Cruquius Industrial area bordering the fully developed Eastern Harbor District will be developed into a mixed use area. The development combination that currently owns 70% of the area is looking for a strategy that will help them manage the complex transformation over the years, and that will create an attractive lively new part of the city. Public space needs to be used as a lever to enable change.
Despite its beautiful location on the water of the Entrepothaven, access to the water is effectively blocked by the current lay out of the private plots on the waterside. The challenge is how to overcome the initial economic constraints that prevent owners to open up their plots to the water, whilst making sure that the increased value of the area that evolves from an accessible developed waterside flows back to the owners of the plot.
This scheme allows for a carefully managed, cash flow friendly transformation over time, in which all owners and stakeholder maintain an interest in and benefit from new collective use of a part of their land. The newly created access to the water allows the city to develop wooden public platforms in the water that are open to any kind of public use. Since a strip of the waterfront on each plot will not be build, the waterfront is liberated from the shade to create a dynamic and thriving new area in Amsterdam. The development is stimulated by mixing public and private into a new privately held commons.