Last month, we revealed that students from the Master Urban Governance at Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) were conducting research for the Alkmaar Canal programme. On Friday, March 26, the students presented their findings and provided recommendations.
Within 3 months the students investigated various topics relevant to the area development in the Alkmaar Canal. These topics ranged from comparisons of the Alkmaar Canal with a number of other similar cities to smart cities and the possibilities for healthy urban living in the different subareas.
Recommendations for the Alkmaar Canal
The students succeeded in bringing these subjects together in an integrated way and in drawing conclusions from the same, involving valuable points of departure for the Alkmaar Canal programme:
- A recommendation to build structural connections with citizens and stakeholders including developers, investors and corporations, especially in the longer term – only together one can realize such a large task.
- The concept of healthy urban living can serve as the driving force to focus on themes such as mobility, sustainability, energy and a green environment.
- Increased attention is required for flexible planning on both the short and long term.
- Finally, achieving the smart use of existing infrastructure (roads, old buildings) and establishing relationships with the existing city.
The programme team of the Alkmaar Canal will undoubtedly take the recommendations of the students into account in the implementation of the programme.