Jaap Bakema, “The Friendship Diagram”. © Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Archive of J.B. Bakema.
The survival and resurrection of a “Bakema-experiment” in an Amsterdam garden city

Authors

  • Tim Nagtegaal City of Harderwijk

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52200/65.A.TZMSSTJ3

Keywords:

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing, Post-war housing, Welfare architecture, Mass housing, Collective housing, Garden city, Amsterdam modern architecture, Jaap Bakema, Bakema-experiment, Bakemabuurt, Renovation of modern architecture

Abstract

There is a hidden gem in the Amsterdam garden cities. Jaap Bakema was the founder of an experiment in the 1950s. A piece of “Rotterdam in Amsterdam.” Based on the philosophy of an open society and the human scale. Forty years after completion, there is a call for renewal. The architect’s heritage ends up on the demolition list. Due to the economic crisis, demolition has been postponed and there was time for reflection. The neighborhood seems to survive the test of time. The careful renewal proves to be a great success. This is a story about the resurrection of a Bakema experiment.

How to Cite

Nagtegaal, T. (2021). The survival and resurrection of a “Bakema-experiment” in an Amsterdam garden city. Docomomo Journal, (65), 36–41. https://doi.org/10.52200/65.A.TZMSSTJ3

Published

2021-07-01

Author Biography

Tim Nagtegaal, City of Harderwijk

(The Netherlands, 1985) Studied Spatial Planning & Urban Design at the Hogeschool Utrecht and Urban Design at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. He worked as an urban designer at the city of Amsterdam. Since 2020 he is an urban planning consultant at the city of Harderwijk.

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