I wish this was...Common scenarios for Transvaal
Within the framework of the IFHP Housing Conference 2013 in The Hague, Urbego, Staedion and The Hague Municipality organize a four day workshop on a housing case study.
11th-14th February 2013
In the lead up to the IFHP Centenary congress in London, 25 international young professionals from urban planning, architecture and associated disciplines were invited to The Hague for a four day workshop. The objective was to explore and identify new methods for the transformation of the Transvaal-North housing area. The task was to strategically assess the built and social environment of Transvaal, to share knowledge and experiences and to propose new and innovative solutions that met the needs of local stakeholders and community for the future of the area. The structure of the workshop was split into two areas with the first three days divided between walking tours, presentations and practical project working, and the final day with an invitation to present their ideas at The Hague Housing Conference.
The participants were introduced to the workshop through presentations on the Transvaal area, the local Housing Association Staedion and community participation. The presentations each identified key points in the area to be considered when approaching their project work. These included improving connections and public space, opportunities within housing, how to improve the attractiveness of the area and the role of the stakeholders and communities within Transvaal.
With the February temperatures nearing zero and snow falling over The Hague it was the aptly named ‘ice palace’ atrium of The Hague City Hall where the group would reside for the following three project days. The group were divided and split into four key areas to focus on public space, participation/governance, housing, and identity. The broad topics provided each group with a fresh approach to address issues raised in the presentations and to bring together and share ideas to create innovative solutions to each topic. After three days of project working and area analysis the groups demonstrated a careful consideration for the local area both physically and socially. The presentation from each of the group addressed the overall theme of ‘I wish this was…’ with an approach that not only thought about the current situation but innovative solutions for the future of the Transvaal-North area. At the Housing Conference the final presentation from the 25 international participants included models of partnership between local stakeholders, the responsibility and influence of new housing in the area and integrated and varied public spaces.
The four-day workshop bought together innovative ideas and solutions from the international participants. Through knowledge sharing and area analysis the presentation looked closely at the roles of local stakeholders and how closer partnership working within the planning and development process could play an important role in the shaping in the future of the area.