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.…



Smart & Slow

Smart & Slow

Since Dutch TV presentator Mies Bouwman’s crowd funding action in 1962, Het Dorp represents the emancipation of people with disabilities. To stay true to that ideal, WeLoveTheCity advised Siza to demolish it. That sounds contradictory but it is not. The contemporary desire for autonomy and self-organisation of people with disabilities inevitably results in a new concept: Smart & Slow.

SMART demands space for organisational and technological innovations in the field of Your Body, Your Home, Your Skills, Your Neighbours and Your City. These can be tried out on a small scale in the New Village. If these innovations prove successful, they can be applied on a larger scale. Not only in Arnhem, but also elsewhere in the Netherlands and the world.

“Trying first, then scaling up’ requires a different pace of development. WeLoveTheCity therefore opted for SLOW, a gradual transformation of the area. In its present form, this is a composition in which interlinked buildings determine the structure, what remains is greenery. We reverse that order, based on the principles of Nature, Connecting and Home. A landscape framework forms the basis for a healthy living environment. The new network opens up the area to the surroundings. Together, the landscape framework and the network define the small-scale building clusters where people with and without disabilities can live, work and care for each other.

“In Het Dorp, I completely flourished. In the Training House they challenge me to be more autonomous. I’m at 90 per cent now, I want to reach 100.”

Resident Gijs van den Brink, De Gelderlander (2020)
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