Seminar including an excursion to parking garage Kempering in the Amsterdam Bijlmermeer
With Vyjayanthi Rao (director Terreform center for advanced urban research, New York City) and May al-Ibrashi (Al Athar Lina director (the monument is ours), Cairo) Murat Isik (author Wees onzichtbaar Libris Prize 2018)
Heritage is the ever temporary outcome of a continuous negotiation process. This always involves an array of contrasting interests. Emotion networking is a method in development to give as many different people a place at the negotiating table as possible and make the dynamic of everyone’s feelings transparent – from heritage professionals to citizens. And then? In the grand finale of the Stadsgevoel seminar series Imagine IC and the Reinwardt Academy take the step from negotiation towards action. Our case is parking garage Kempering in the Bijlmer.
Kempering is a concrete colossus from the early 70s. It is no longer in use as parking space. But it is not out of use or empty – with every new function it has gained multiple layers of meaning. Kempering is on the table in a negotiation process between the city, the district and citizens before and against demolition. Recently, the Amsterdam city council did not ratify the earlier district decree on demolition. The future of the garage is back in the hands of the district and several interest parties are being heard again.
An excellent opportunity to investigate how we can act on an object of heritage: how we can simultaneously act and continue to negotiate.
This 19th of November, we look back on previous cases that we investigated in the development of the emotion network method, such as the monument to the history of slavery, the Bijlmer flight disaster or Zwart Beraad. Afterwards, two leading international speakers present their view on participative processes of heritage-making and monumentalising in the city. After lunch we go into the neighbourhood to get acquainted with Kempering and discuss the role of the garage in the nostalgia around the old Bijlmer with Libris literature prize winner Murat Isik. We seize the opportunity to discuss ‘negotiating heritage’ with managers of the district Zuidoost in community center De Bonte Kraai.