Creating Class is based on three pillars: the user, accessibility and marketing. The area gives plenty of space to organic initiatives – for example, urban farming, the possibility to build houses, and starting businesses. This creates differentiated zones. At the same time, the public transport tangents and connections of the network will be improved.
The neighbourhoods Schalkwijk, and Parkwijk Zuiderpolder are the nursery rooms of the Creating Class, with space for experimentation and well living in a spacious and green environment. The Slachthuis (abattoir) neighbourhood and surrounding areas are a transition zone between the city centre and business area with plenty of space for small businesses. The former abattoir itself is a multifunctional centre to learn and start business. Welfare, education and companies work together to educate, to start-up business and to professionalise existing companies. The industrial area Waarderpolder gives the Creating Industry the space to grow, to professionalise, collaborate and innovate.Client: Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), Ymere en municipality of Haarlem
Competition: New Harloheim (prize winner)
The Creative Industries Fund called for proposals that research the relationship between urbanism and economy. We proposed to make a more extensive research about our concept of the Creating Class. Although the Creating Class was developed for the city of Haarlem but offers more cities opportunities to create a more diverse economy. Out of 56 entries our proposal was selected. The Open Call gave us the opportunity to find partners for our research, make research questions and research approach and to apply for a regular grant.
Assignment: Creative Industries Fund
The Creating Class keeps on being relevant, for example, in 2015 we were asked to present the project during a workshop about the productive port of Antwerp.