By Willem Salet, Sako Musterd
The altering spatial association of town of Amsterdam displays a larger-scale technique: the standard form of Western towns is altering around the globe. for hundreds of years, the city middle used to be taken with no consideration because the point of interest for overseas contacts and daily actions. The essays gathered right here examine how city areas were transformed—not purely spatially yet socially, economically, and culturally—into multi-centered metropolitan arrays, with individuals studying the hot city identities which can emerge from such altering stipulations.
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In some ways Berlage thought like a Renaissance master builder. HumanCapital 06-03-2003 16:50 Pagina 43 body the “powerful social ethos” of his time, as city historian Richter Roegholt calls it, in an ambitious residential environment. In so doing, everything had to submit to the Plan of the Master Builder, the mediator between the higher values and dimensions of the universe and the reality of streets and buildings. His first plan, from 1905, looked rather park-like, with plenty of water, greenery and attractive footpaths.
HumanCapital 06-03-2003 16:50 Pagina 36 at a complete loss. The Amsterdam regent-merchants may have been cautious in some respects, but within a few years they transformed their city into a highly efficient commercial machine, one unprecedented in the world up until then. This, in turn, made it possible to carry out unprecedented projects, ranging from the creation of the Dutch East India Company – the world’s first multinational – to the pumping mills used to drain the Beemster polder, another technology in which Holland was ahead of its time.
De stad ontworpen, in M. Bakker et al Amsterdam in de Tweede Gouden Eeuw, 35. 2 • Between Civic Pride and Mass Society Amsterdam in Retrospect Michiel Wagenaar In the second half of the nineteenth century, Paris became the role model for European capitals. Many cities followed its example. Amsterdammers – who were equally impressed by the monumental townscape of the French capital – did not succeed in emulating Paris, mainly because of political, legal, and financial reasons. Laissez-faire politics and the consequent absence of public interventions in its townscape were compensated for by an outburst of civic pride between 1870 and 1914, providing Amsterdam with the facilities that still ensure its leading role as a cultural and intellectual center.
Amsterdam human capital by Willem Salet, Sako Musterd