Article source: BETA office for architecture and the city
In the early 2000s, the Ru Paré School was emblematic of the social problems facing the Amsterdam borough of Slotervaart. The Ru Paré is now the neighborhood’s living room and accommodates an extraordinary social experiment.
A NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
In response to austerity measures in the Dutch economy, a social entrepreneur developed a model for solidarity in challenging neighborhoods. Inhabitants are offered tax advice, computing or language classes in return for community service; at the building level receding funding is supplemented with profitable start-ups.
- Architects: BETA office for architecture and the city
- Project: Ru Paré Community
- Location: Amsterdam, Slotervaart, The Netherlands
- Photography: Marc Faasse
- Client: Stichting Samen Ondernemen
- Collaborators: Elisabeth Boersma (architect), Rob van Dijk (landscape architect), Huibers Constructieadvies (engineer)
- Team: Auguste van Oppen, Marc van Asseldonk, Marcello Soeleman
- Year: 2014 – 2016
- Status: Built