How a Dutch architect became a role model for…

1 August 2017

Many of the greatest initiatives are born out of a crisis situation. Saskia’s amazing case is not different. When the financial and economic crisis of 2009 arrived, the Amsterdam area of Amstel3 hit a problem: as funds from the municipality dried up, the city’s large-scale redevelopment project got killed.

“The area was just lying there–full of outdated office spaces with a lot of vacancy. It was doomed to deteriorate further without action,”recalls Saskia Beer. That’s when she jumped in and developed what would soon become an international role model for grassroots urban development. […]