Weekly Snapshot: Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands

June 6, 2011
Borneo-Sporenburg Bridge, Photo by flickr user silent stereo

As the Netherlands have no suburbs, planners in the area face the unique challenge of accommodating a growing population within the confines of dense cities, without expanding into the neighboring countryside. The PBS series Design E2 reports on one such "shining example of urban redevelopment," in which the Borneo-Sporenburg district of Amsterdam, a former dockland, was converted into 17,000 waterside homes. The plan, which includes a sea of low-rise, high-density houses interspersed with three high-rise apartment buildings was inspired by the 17th century Dutch tradition of building small homes around one central cathedral.
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More from the week in urbanism:

Visualizing the Washington of Two Centuries Ago
A cool video by the Imaging Research Center at the University of Maryland uses historical maps and paintings in attempts to recreate Washington, D.C. as it looked 200 years ago, before the first plans for the city were underway.
Watch video at the DCist

Panasonic Plans to Build a 'Sustainable Smart Town' in Japan by 2014
Panasonic is planning to build an energy and eco-conscious “smart town” in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan, an area that was hit relatively hard by tsunami.
Read full story at Popular Science

Long Commutes are Relationship Killers

A new report by a Swedish university suggests that longer commute times contribute to greater stress on relationships, with individuals who have longer than a 45 minute commute each way experiencing 40% more martial problems.
Read full story at Infrastructurist