1998

The “Diemerzeedijk” is a dike between Amsterdam and Muiden. It is made to protect the land against the sea (the “Zuiderzee”). In 1932 the Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea and became the largest fresh water lake of the Netherlands (the “IJsselmeer”). In the sixties and seventies, the dike was used for dirt combustion and along the dike, waste was deposed. In 1983 the refuse dump was closed

In 1998 the clean-up of the refuse dump started. It was ended in 2001. The polluted area is isolated by 26 m. deep screens, that rest on a clay layer. On top of the screens rest a few impermeable top layers. The groundwatertable in the isolated area...

In 1998 the construction of the new Hungarian National Theatre began in the Erzsébet (Elisabeth) square. One year later, after the elections, the new government brought a stop to the construction for mostly political reasons. It was the time when people started to mention the deep but empty concrete basement as the „National Pit”.
Great amount of material and work was invested into the building, so for finding the solution applications were invited for landscaping the spot. The winner team has planned a public park with underground parking garage, shops, conference hall and leisure centre beneath.
The constructions have not been finished, but during...

Conversion of a closed industrial area to an open part of the centre of the neighbourhood Valby, part of Copenhagen. Reuse of old buildings with preservation qualities in combination with demolition and new buildings. Establishing functions needed in the neighbourhood (retail, new residential area, local amendment and recreation, squares etc. - 70.000 sq meters floor space + open space) Binding different parts of the neighbourhood together Ensuring architecture quality.



The project in cooperation between the land owners, the new developer, the municipality, the local citizens' council and the environment/planning ministry.


The area had been left by the industries...

Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic (HCCZ) is a national association of active cities, towns and regions in the Czech Republic that are implementing the WHO Healthy Cities Project, an international initiative under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO). 
HCCZ supports the member cities and their local HCP partners in their efforts to obtain subsidies, and helps obtain funds for the activities outlined in the City Health Development Plans. Since 2001, the Association has been issuing supporting statements on individual grant applications of the cities, and arranging for consultations and assistance by the grantors during the preparation of the projects.
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The planning & redeveloptment process In 1998 eight development companies interested in rebuilding this 6.3-hectare site neighbourhood nor its administration would allow the erection of simple tenement buildings. Only an adequate and fully compatible alternative to the factory would be acceptable. Accordingly, the primary redevelopment goal remains the creation of a new neighbourhood quarter that contains a balanced mix of residences, employment and recreational potential. Redevelopment of this site remains a unique opportunity to create a new and improved image for the district.