Commisioned by DRO for the International Architecture Biennale ZUS created a vision for a large area in Amsterdam Oost: het Nieuwe Diep. Central to the assignment was the search for civil liberties in the planning  of the future of the city.

ZUS proposes a ‘small scale megastructure’ which connects neighborhoods, people, plants and animals. The structure consists of two parts: the Spinoza promenade and the Vrijstraat (Freestreet) – or the Rue Descartes. These two public streets both have a unique character: the first will be organic and green, the second angular and urban. Together they form a circuit that runs through very different areas – the Indische Buurt, the Science Park, Diemen, IJburg and Zeeburgereiland. This circuit will tear down barriers, will guarantee public space and connect current and future attractions. The train station ‘Science Park will be a new stop for the high speed line, making the area accessible for scientist and students from all over Europe.


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Name: Vrijstraat Amsterdam
Location: Nieuwe Diep, Amsterdam
Date: 2009
Area: 841 ha.
Client: DRO Amsterdam
Status: Exhibition, IABR 4 Open City, Amsterdam Vrijstaat