OPEN CALL: Design charette the ‘Heart of Holendrecht’

26.10.21 Jorn Zwart

In collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and housing corporation Eigen Haard, Arcam (the architecture center of Amsterdam) organizes a design charette in which the ‘Heart of Holendrecht’ is central. In the design charette, three design teams will actively work on this case, focused on the following questions:


– How can social and ecological resilience in the ‘Heart of Holendrecht’ be improved through spatial interventions?

– What role can a reinterpretation of the zone between private and public space play in such an effort?

– How can the existing built environment benefit optimally from the new construction goals in the ‘Heart of Holendrecht’?


The charette is part of an ongoing ZonMw research project, conducted by a research group at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. In this project, entitled ‘From Prevention to Resilience’, researchers are how the use, value and need for public space has changed during the pandemic, and how this can inform the design of public spaces for neighborhood.  Their goal is to design a toolbox, which can be applied in times of pandemic, but also in anticipation of future shocks and stressors related to climate change and biodiversity loss. The designs developed during the design charette will serve to feed this toolbox, which eventually will be used to offer tools and insights to urban designers and planners in creating the conditions for more socially and ecologically resilient neighborhoods.


Besides a week full of inspiration, and a financial compensation, the charette is an opportunity for participating teams to become part of a growing community of practice: a network of collaborative learning, in which designers, researchers and policy makers generate and exchange knowledge on the developments on the aforementioned topics.

Applications for this Open Call can be sent to no later than 21st of November, 23:59.


Download Open Call

Download the Open Call for the core of the design brief, an elaborated case description and a timeline.


Each of the three teams presents a coherent design vision and proposal for the improved ecological and social resilience in the neighborhood, communicated through image and text. The design vision and proposal offer a concrete solution that tackles the issues in the neighborhood (relevance for the case) and offers input for the toolbox that is being developed (relevance for the research project).


Each team consists of a minimum of 3 participants, where multidisciplinarity is encouraged. The teams should consist at least of one architect, landscape architect or urban planner. Next to that, we encourage professionals from other disciplines to join in, for example, active in the social or ecological domain. It is also possible to bringing different expertise, for example, from residents, organizations, or representatives of other-than-humans.


The applications will be evaluated on the following points:

– Coherent vision, which fits the design brief of Hart van Holendrecht
– Relevance with respect to ecological and social resilience
– Expected novelty for public space
– Creativity
– Broad applicability

Applications can be written in Dutch as well as in English. If non-Dutch speaking participants are selected, there is the possibility to run the charette in English.

Selection comittee

Tess Broekmans (Urban designer at Urhahn, as well as master during the design charette)
Lyongo Juliana (Architect en Director Caribbean Region at OZ, as well as master during the design charette)
Boudewijn Boon (Researcher social and ecological resilience at the AUAS)
Frank Suurenbroek (Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation at the AUAS)
Marion Kranenburg (Senior advisor Eigen Haard)
Indira van ’t Klooster (Director Arcam).
Jorn Zwart (Project employee Arcam)

Masters Tess Broekmans and Lyongo Juliana

Tess Broekmans and Lyongo Juliana together form the master-duo of the design-charette. Besides giving inspiring lectures, they will be present during the design week and provide the teams with guidance and advice. 

Tess Broekmans

Tess Broekmans (Amsterdam, 1972) studied urban design at the TU Delft. Afterwards she worked at the municipality of Amsterdam. Since 2000 she has been working at ‘Urhahn Urban Design and Strategy’ where she became partner in 2007. Besides that, she is teaching at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Furthermore, she is course coordinator Urban Design at PEP, the professional experience programme. 

Lyongo Juliana

The Caribbean region has for the past 25 years been the working field of Lyongo. Here he worked on the Medical Centre of Curacao, designed social housing in Montana Abou and created the Sister Marie Laurence School in St. Maarten. His work in the Netherlands focuses on more diverse and inclusive city design and architecture. In 2020 Lyongo researched this theme as an Architect in Residence at Arcam. In 2021 he continued with this research during the programme ‘Designing Cities For All’ as a fellow at ‘Pakhuis de Zwijger’. In his recent projects, such as the Shopperhal in Amsterdam Southeast, he puts his research into practice.

What can you expect from the design-charette?
9th till 15th December 2021

On day one the teams will be welcomed in the ‘Groene Hub’ (the Green Hub) in Holendrecht, Amsterdam Southeast. Here, the HvA (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) will inform the participants more about their current research. After that, Eigen Haard, the housing corporation, will guide the participants through the neighborhood to get a good impression of the case. 

The second, third, and fourth day are highlighted as designing days. Under the guidance of Masters Lyongo Juliana and Tess Broekmans the participants are welcomed at Arcam to think about the design brief. During the included lunches the teams will be inspired by guest lectures (such as Thijs de Zeeuw, Pinar Sefkatli and Daphne Bakker) who shed their light on the theme of resilience. 

During the last day, the teams will return to Holendrecht to present their findings to representatives of the HvA, Eigen Haard, Arcam, the guest speakers and other invitees.


Compensation for design work

The participants of the design charette receive a compensation (excl. btw) for developing their design proposals to Arcam, no later than 17th of December. The compensation is € 2000,- per participating team. If teams have more than three members, the total compensation remains the same. The compensation is available only to the selected teams. The composition of the team may not be altered after the participating teams have been selected and/or during the design charette.


Applications for this Open Call can be sent to no later than 21st of November, 23:59.


Questions and answers
+ Online meeting 10th November 2021

Questions about the design charette or the selection procedure can be sent by mail ( till the 10th of November 10:00.


On the 10th of november, from 10.00 till 11.30, Arcam organizes an online meeting in which representatives of Arcam, Eigen Haard and the AUAS will be present to answer questions live. Participation is possible via the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting

The answers to the questions will be published on the website of Arcam no later than the 12th of November.

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