Oriented Development – Final event design study Zaancorridor
The design study Designing Transit Oriented Development (TOD) for the Zaancorridor has held a final event on June 18th in the town hall of the municipality of Zaanstad.
Designs and plans were presented for improving accessibility to stations and for prospective spatial programs by ten professional and multidisciplinary teams of architects, urbanists and transport experts and by five teams of students of the faculty of Architecture.
Five station locations at the so-called Zaancorridor, the railway connection between Amsterdam Central Station and Heerhugowaard, were object of study and design since the beginning of this year. The designs and plans focuses on short term solutions but also on long term strategies.
The designs and plans and the study as such are well received by the Deputy of Spatial Planning of the Province of Noord-Holland and the Aldermen of the municipalities of Zaanstad, Castricum and Heerhugowaard. The results gives several clues for further reflection and discussion on future developments at a local scale and on a regional scale regarding stations, station areas, transport connections and the surrounding built environment. The design study is initiated by the National Association of Dutch Architects (BNA) and TU Delft (DIMI) with many stakeholders like the province, municipalities, NS and concession holder of public transport Stadsregio Amsterdam. All results and some dedicated essays on TOD, the Zaancorridor and integrated design will be published in a book at the end of 2014.