2019, On the Practice of Tuning-in, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
From Open Set Lab
From August of 2018 to February of 2019, I was selected as a participant to join the seven months practice-based research residency with the theme Fluid Rhythm: Urban Networks and Living Patterns at Open Set Lab. During my stay, I participated in bi-weekly meetings for Open Set Lab + Seminar that investigate on the social relavant of design in the context of urban rhythm in Biljmer, Amsterdam.
As an end result of my stay at Open Set, I gave a presentation during the symposium On the Practice of Tuning-in at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam about the theoretical framework I developed within my research project Rhythm of Super-diversity.
Lefebvre (2004) has showed us the poetic framework of understanding and measuring space and time together with rhythms. Rhythm analysis with its nature of embracing the dynamic complexities provided a critical way of viewing and analyzing diversity in urban space. The Alternative Bijlmer: The Rhythm of Super-diversity is a research project that intends to discover and speculate Bijlmer’s current and future rhythm by evaluating its past focusing on social housing situation of Bijlmer with an intersectional perspective.
Bijlmer as one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhood in Amsterdam has been through various changes in its planning of urban space. Two major large waves of migration after the second world war has significantly influenced the population in Bijlmer. As an example for the “Dutch approach towards multiculturalism” (Sterk and Zahirovic, 2007), today’s Bijlmer provides a blueprint about how diversity can be. However, critical voices (Berg & Sigona, 2013; Broerse, 2017) have questioned the approach of multiculturalism over past decades while the concept of super-diversity (Vertovec, 2007) has emerged to describe the increased diversity that does not only include diversity in ethnicity and culture but also gender, age, residency statues and many other factors. Bijlmer area, in this sense, can be understood as a neighborhood of super-diversity. Housing has been one of the major focus of public debates and top-down urban planning process in the urban renewal of Bijlmer. The social sector of housing in Amsterdam has been significantly shifting ever since the establishment of Bijlmer because of many factors. Thus, the alternative Bijlmer will focus on the dynamic changing amount, condition, and policy centered around social housing and the influence it has in the urban rhythm in Bijlmer.
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