Join us on our New Europe City Makers Summit from 27-30 May! On Saturday the 28th we will visit eight cities around the Netherlands in which you are able to experience the citizen-driven initiatives in their local habitat. Read more about the Den Haag programme in this article and register here.
The Hague is the political capital of the Netherlands, as it houses the Dutch government as well as the International Crime Court of the UN. At the moment, The Hague is going through big changes. The number of inhabitants keeps on growing, which makes housing a challenge and as well as staying interesting and inviting for inhabitants, visitors, and companies.
Due to the financial crisis, large-scale building projects are no longer feasible and have been put on hold or even discarded altogether. As a result, inhabitants have become more responsible for their own living environment while the municipality enforces and facilitates organic area development. This allows for more bottom-up initiatives to develop, sometimes even with fewer rules. This kind of organic area development is taking place in the district The Binckhorst since 2011. City Maker Sabrina Lindemann is working in that area, co-creating organic growth with the inhabitants and local entrepreneurs.
These are the initiatives that we will visit during our city expedition:
Ruimte voor de Stad
The municipality of The Hague supports the movement of entrepreneurs and citizens who take initiative to increase livability in their neighbourhood or the city as a whole. With this platform, called Ruimte voor de Stad (space for the city), the municipality hopes to support and encourage citizens to think about the future of The Hague together.
Lekkernassuh is an organised community working together for a fair, local food system in and around The Hague.
De Grote Pyr
De Grote Pyr is a monumental and former school building, transformed into a place to live and work. Residents and organisations that reside in the building own it themselves and are all responsible for the organisation of the building.
Wooncoöperatie (housing co-operation) Roggeveenstraat is a street owned by its residents, who are taking over renovations and further developments from a standard housing cooperation.
Binckhorst is a business park, which was going to be majorly renovated and reorganised, but due to the financial crisis, these plans were cancelled. The municipality then decided to let the area develop in an ‘organic’ way. City Maker Sabrina Lindemann has been working on the transitions happening in this area.
Kompaanbier is founded by Jasper & Jeroen, two friends who decided to start brewing their own beers. While their production was first located in Germany, the friends have bought their own brewery in The Hague and opened up their own Beer Bar. Both are based in an old factory, which gives a unique industrial feel. The terrace has a beautiful view of the inner harbour.