Amstelstation Amsterdam

Waiting space becomes waiting place

WeLoveTheCity has untangled the maze of infrastructure around Amstel Station. Pedestrians walk across the green and car-free station square to…


Bossche Stadsdelta 's-Hertogenbosch

Forever young

‘s-Hertogenbosch is a water city. The Bossche Stadsdelta is the place where the Dommel, Aa, Binnendieze and Zuid-Willemsvaart flow together…


Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa

Inclusive densification

Affordable housing is a universal fundamental right. But why is it still a global problem? More and more working Dutch…


Cromhoff, Twekkelerveld, Rigtersbleek and Het Volkspark Enschede

Talent for Twente

After Amsterdam, Enschede is home to the largest and most diverse range of educational and knowledge institutions. The city is…


Hamburg, London, Rome


WeLoveTheCity is also engaged in the development of tools for better cities. Smarticipate is a striking example of this. The…


Harbour Quarter Deventer

The Flemish Approach

Everyone knows: if you pass the old silos by the sluice, you are really in Deventer. Here, WeLoveTheCity introduced The…


Kolenkitbuurt Amsterdam

Reclaiming the street

Amsterdam West holds a special place in our hearts. It began with Mercatorplaza on the A10 West ring road. Together…


Cultural Estates Hilversum

Serenity in the Randstad

City dwellers crave for peace, space and nature, but unfortunately it cannot cost a penny. Many estates have therefore the…


Downtown Rotterdam

Club Cool

Rotterdam doesn’t have much space but it does need a lot of housing. That means densification. In the middle of…


Paasbos Nijkerk

Co-creation for doers

WeLoveTheCity ordered 100 empty ‘Paasboxes’. Residents of Paasbos in Nijkerk drew, taped and wrote their wishes and ideas for the…


Watertorenpark Hengelo

A Vondelpark in miniature

It was an epic battle but it worked: Watertower Park Hengelo is complete! “Over the cycle highway F35 towards the…


Waalsprong Nijmegen

Plant Your Flag

WeLoveTheCity believes that the energy transition will proceed more quickly if you give residents and entrepreneurs the space to implement…


Urban Land Swap Winterswijk

The best city centre

In 1998, Andries Geerse drew up the structural plan for the historic centre of Woerden, which was proclaimed the best…


The Village Arnhem

Smart & Slow

Since Dutch TV presentator Mies Bouwman’s crowd funding action in 1962, Het Dorp represents the emancipation of people with disabilities.…



The Flemish Approach

The Flemish Approach

Everyone knows: if you pass the old silos by the sluice, you are really in Deventer. Here, WeLoveTheCity introduced The Flemish Approach with space for self and co-builders who want to realise their dream in a part of the city that is never finished. Building for own occupancy, just like in 1920 when the harbour was dug up. From 3 to 300 developers. Welcome to Deventer Harbour Quarter!

Deventer can be regarded as a pioneer: area development based on reuse, without a predefined final picture or time schedule.”

To good use – Golden Pyramid 2015 National Prize for inspiring commissioning

The self and co-builders keep themselves and each other on track by following five simple agreements:

Heritage as a source of inspiration
We start by renovating and reusing the old silos, factories and sheds.

Discovery of the harbour
We do not complain about the commercial shipping that continues to dock in both arms of the port.

Working in the city
We consider work to be more important than housing and take into account the price entrepreneurs can afford to pay.

Desired living
We only build unique and ‘custom made’ houses that are not yet available in Deventer.

Room for ideas
We always create space for unorthodox events with an artistic and non-profit edge.

WeLoveTheCity is often asked what we are proud of in the Havenkwartier, what is our icon? Then we tell the story of Jose and Anjo, two doers who have made the 60-metre-high Grey Silo their home. Where professional developers gave up prematurely, they persevered. Is ‘making your own city’ a utopia? Just ring their doorbell and let them convince you.