Urbanism in the Netherlands
Report on the Netherlands, the most densely populated country of the European Union. As the population keeps growing, architects are already planning the cities of the future and are displaying their first creations, in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
European architecture has seen a strong Dutch domination since the 90s. This momentum invaded Belgium and Spain then more discreetly into France, Great Britain, the Nordic countries and Eastern Europe. Foyers for young fashionable architects such as MVRDV, West 8, Neutlings, Abalos y Herreros, Soriano, but also politicians from the innovative town located between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin and Bilbao.
Faced with ecological questions, necessary densification and economic and social crisis, town planning propositions are many: mixing programs, reconverting industrial land, rehabilitating big estates, reorganisation of the links between centre and suburb, large scale restructuring interventions and transport network developments. The new generations are looking for the balance between well-being, respect for the environment, controlled cost, accessibility and use of innovative materials. A voice is offered to young architects under 40 years old through the European competition which awards a prize every two years to around forty European teams.