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    04 July 2016

    Urban Rehab

    Innovative Strategies for Social Engagement

    Innovative Strategies for Social Engagement

    The population of Utrecht is one of the youngest in all Holland, and one of the most diverse, comprised of over 170 different nationalities. The city is experiencing an unprecedented period of expansion, while aiming to keep its title as one of the happiest city in the world, as revealed in a survey of the United Nations. At a recent symposium on urban social programs at the Venice Biennale, part of "Utrecht Manifest 2009” which explores the relationship between design and society, the architectural firm Urban Think Tank (UTT) presented a proposal for the working class neighborhood of Hoograven, built in the 30s of last century to the south east of the city. Together with students of the Hogeschool, Utrecht and Columbia University, UTT led the study URBAN REHAB involving inhabitants, local authorities and public housing construction companies regarding possible alternatives that would allow residents to continue living in their neighborhood. The survey results, presented at a special exhibition, highlight the need to increase the density of the volumes and add new functions to regenerate the district. Starting with the existing structures, the project involves the adaptive reuse of physical spaces, insertion of mixed-use activities and a modification of the neighborhood based on the changing needs of its inhabitants.

    A style of planning light-years from past methods, in which the need for social control over the inhabitants was carried out through the creation of homogenous and anonymous quarters. Hoograven is now a testing ground for a new urban condition, one based on social inclusion policies and able to guarantee the respect and the expression of diversity.

    Credits of the project:

     

    HOOGRAVEN // URBAN REHAB

    2009  //  Hoograven - Utrecht, Netherlands

    Utrecht Manifest // Hoograven Invites You!

    Project Architect: Urban-Think Tank

    Project Team:

    Architect:  Urban Think Tank - Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner

     

    Project Architects: Michael Contento, Lindsey Sherman

    Project Team:  Zachary Aders, Rajiv Fernandez, Carlos Guimaraes, Emily Johnson, Lea Rufenacht, Allison Schwartz

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    Captions:

     

    1 - Hoograven Site Aerial 

    2 - Hoograven HS1 overall plan 1:1000

    3 - Hoograven HotSpot 1

    4 - Hoograven HS1 Art & Craft School

    5 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah Aggregated Axo

    6 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah Axo

    7 - Hoograven HS1 Overall Axo

    8 - Hoograven HS2 Aerial Overlay

    9 - Hoograven HS2 Oude+Souk_Axo

    10 - Hoograven HS3 exploded VG Axo

    11 - Hoograven HS3 Overall Axo

    12 - Hoograven HS1 Art School urban diagrams

    13 - Hoograven HS1 Art School urban diagrams

    14 - Hoograven HS1 Art School urban diagrams

    15 - Hoograven HS1 Art School urban diagrams

    16 - Hoograven HS1 Art School urban diagrams

    17 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah diagram 01

    18 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah diagram 01

    19 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah diagram 01

    20 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah diagram 01

    21 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah diagram 01

    22 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah diagram 01

    23 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah diagram 01

    24 - Hoograven HS1 Kasbah diagram 01

    25 - Hoograven newspaper 2009 - 173

    26 - Hoograven newspaper 2009 - 175

    27 - Hoograven newspaper 2009 - 272

    28 - Hoograven newspaper 2009- 281

    29 - Hoograven newspaper 2009 - 298

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