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Buikslotermeerplein placemaking


The Municipality of Amsterdam is working on plans to transform Buikslotermeerplein into the beating city center of Amsterdam North. Urban Space Agency, together with Stefan Bödecker (BFAS+) and Okrah Donkor (Triple Threat), form the Placemaking team that focuses on the ideas and wishes that live within the users of Buikslotermeerplein.

Together with residents, visitors, entrepreneurs, students and other stakeholders, we look at initiatives that can be realized in the short term. A real kick-off for area development! In addition, we also investigate which ideas can be given a permanent place in the plans.


During the 2nd XL session on the future of Buikslotermeerplein on 3 June 2020, owners, entrepreneurs, residents, students, culture makers and the Municipality were given the opportunity to think along online about the issues surrounding the renovation of Buikslotermeerplein. Stefan Bödecker (BFAS+) told us about the Place Game that will take place on June 30 and July 4. The entire session can be viewed here.

Place Game

On Tuesday, June 30 and Saturday, July 4, 2020, we organized two Place Games on the Buikslotermeerplein on behalf of the Municipality of Amsterdam. During these Place Games the following question was central: How do we change the Buikslotermeerplein from liveable to loving? Local residents, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders of Buikslotermeerplein were present to think about possible answers to this question.

Explanation Place Game

A Place Game is a kind of urban expedition, in which residents, entrepreneurs and stakeholders go into their neighborhood and investigate what is needed to make the neighborhood a more beautiful place. This is often possible with small interventions that can be realized within a day. Sometimes more is needed in the longer term to make the neighborhood more pleasant and accessible for the future.

Place Game Report

A Place Game Report with an accompanying Quick wins card has been made of all presentations and ideas that emerged during the Place Game. The Place Game Report forms the basis for the meetings with the Place Management Team and the coalition of local partners.

You can read or download the Place Game Report online here.

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