The Urban, Leisure & Tourism Lab Amsterdam is committed to giving students the space to give tangible shape to their ideas in addition to concept development within the lab track. Internal research confirms students’ desire to concretely ‘create something’. In the coming months, lecturer researcher Jeroen Jager, in coordination with lab lead Roos Gerritsma and researcher Anouk Geenen from the Societal Impact Design research group, will investigate how collaboration with both existing and new partners in the field around Buikslotermeerplein in Amsterdam-Noord can be optimally utilized. The main goal is to encourage students to use their creativity and realize their concepts effectively, with long-term collaborations with ‘network partners’ in mind.
An indispensable element in this research process is co-design, which is inherent to collaboration. Network partners of the Buikslotermeerplein are invited by the lab to participate in a joint design process. Jeroen brings together stakeholders from various perspectives in the research, with shared interests for an attractive Amsterdam-Noord: residents, visitors, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, knowledge institutions and governments.