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The future of everyday living
EU2016 arts & design programme

Project Oosterdokseiland

An insight into the Oosterdokseiland research.
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The Oosterdokseiland (ODE) group consists of a big bowl of different cultures. We have nationalities ranging from Germany, Mongolia, Norway, Ireland, Iran and the Netherlands, and our educational backgrounds are as widely spread. We have students in the field of public management, architecture, political science and urban planning, we have students writing their Master thesis about communications, and we have already graduates working in the field of graphical design.

After approximately four weeks of working with the project, the ODE-group met up with their stakeholder, project office BPD, to present their concepts and suggestions in an informal halfway evaluation of the project on Friday the 13th of May.

Suggestion boxes

The ODE-group has been split up into three subgroups which are working on different concepts and solutions. The first group consists of Camilla, Pauline and Hajar. Their goal is to bring the history of Oosterdokseiland back. To do so they want to use the former CS post office building as a point of inspiration, and through this they intend to establish a creative hub where the community at Oosterdokseiland can connect through art. While looking into the history of ODE and the former post office, they came up with a great idea for people living, working and passing the island to give inputs and share their thoughts about what they think is best for the island. Their idea is to set up different kinds of post boxes around the island where people can “send” their ideas and solutions. Furthermore, they uncovered another interesting aspect while they conducted their research. They found out that especially elderly people living on the island thought that there was a lack of Dutch culture on the island. This research surprised both the ODE-group and the representatives from BPD, who had not thought about this. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how the group continues their research and what kind of solutions they will come up with in the end.

Sustainable by rediscovering low-tech

The second subgroup consists of Bilguun, Lukas, Sosha and Daniel. The goal of their research is to make the island more sustainable, mainly by rediscovering the potential of low-tech on the island and in the process create a stronger sense of community. In order to achieve this, they are focusing on circularity and investigating how they could help the inhabitants closing the loops on the island. Since it is an island it provides an interesting “laboratory” to experiment. For example, they are looking into recycling the waste on the island and the possibility of using this for a communal garden. Furthermore, they are also taking into account the presence of the amount of wind on the island and seeing how this could be utilized.

Building a community by creating together

The last subgroup consists of Bob, Dennis, Eesme and Nikko. After the first meeting within the subgroup, we all had several ideas of how to make the island better and how we could create a stronger community on the island. The ideas stretched from making a concert hall to removing all the bikes on the quay. It did not take long before we understood that we could not approach the problems like this, and we had to change our approach to a bottom-top approach. To do this, we started interviewing people on the island. We spoke with people who were working and living there, as well as those who were just passing by or only used one of the facilities on the island and left.
Based on the results we got from the survey and the interviews we conducted, we found out that the people on the island missed “green public spaces” where they could relax without feeling the pressure to buy something from a cafe/restaurant. Based on this, we came up with a concept based on our slogan: “Building a community by creating together”. Our vision is to create a community on the island by involving several stakeholders into making a “public back yard” with sustainable technology, with an additional educational purpose. We want to involve stakeholders like Nemo, the OBA, the Conservatory, the DoubleTree by Hilton and of course the residents on the island.

During the halfway meeting with BPD, all the subgroups received feedback on their ideas. BPD helpfully answered all the questions the group had regarding different issues on the island, as well as their own concept and ideas. During the next month the group will work hard to improve their concepts and ideas before the end presentation at the 20th of June.