State of Flux and De Modestraat presented an interactive program during the international Placemaking Week 2017 about the connection between short-term creative placemaking and longterm development. We invited attendees of Placemaking Week to visit the ugliest public area in Amsterdam to learn about the beautiful possibilities of co-creative, place-led city development.
Building upon the momentum of the Placemaking Leadership Council and 2016’s Placemaking Week in Vancouver, this year the famous Project for Public Spaces from New York collaborates with partners in Amsterdam—Stipo, City at Eye Level, Placemaking Plus, and Pakhuis de Zwijger—to create a dynamic forum for attendees to develop and share concrete strategies to advance placemaking locally and globally.
During this week De Modestraat, a so-called “Broedplaats” or arts incubator at Buikslotermeerplein, and State of Flux collaborated to give a route and workshop about the Buikslotermeerplein case. It showed how independent creative placemakers can make a difference. It also showed how an informal setting of co-creation has a great impact on the understanding between different parties that leads to shared vision, immediate action, and fewer conflicts.