Dutch property developer AM has launched an open international ideas contest for new ways to boost inclusivity within contemporary cities (Deadline: 27 August)
Open to all designers, urban sociologists and ‘city makers’, the anonymous, bilingual competition seeks innovative concepts to boost accessibility within existing settlements and new residential developments both at the masterplanning and detailed design scale.
The call for concepts, organised by Architectuur Lokaal, aims to identify new strategies for promoting inclusivity in future AM projects across the Netherlands. Four finalists will participate in a charrette with the company and the overall winner will receive a design commission.
According to the brief: ‘AM is looking for a working method with feasible proposals for area and living concepts, based on an urban vision, that make the city more inclusive. The inclusive city was developed as a social concept whereby inclusivity denotes the participation of all groups in the social, cultural and economic life of the city.
‘Within the social domain, there are programmes to shape and strengthen the inclusive city. Within the spatial domain, however, there is relatively little knowledge about what aspects can make the inclusive city a success.’
Based in Utrecht, AM is part of the Netherland’s Royal BAM Group and focuses on delivering a range of living, working, shopping and recreation schemes in rural and urban locations across the country.
The latest contest aims to boost innovation and creativity within the company and encourage government and other organisations to partner with AM on major new developments. Concepts must shed new light on the fundamental ideas influencing inclusive cities.
Proposals will be expected to consider the roles different designers can play in shaping inclusive places and to also explore new typologies, public space layouts and programming at a range of scales from street, to district and city.
Submissions may be in English and Dutch and should include up to three A3-sized display boards featuring text and images. Judges include AM Concepts director Hilde Blank; Elma van Boxel, landscape architect at ZUS; and Edwin Oostmeijer, developer at Edwin Oostmeijer Projectontwikkeling.
Eight shortlisted teams will be invited to present their concepts to the jury. Four finalists will then receive £2,120 to participate in a design charrette with AM property developers and development managers. One overall winner will then be selected for a design commission.
The deadline for applications is 27 August.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information