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De Kaap

Enclosed schoolyard within community housing block in Amsterdam center. Part of Amsterdam Greening schoolyards program.

ChallengeEnclosed playground, noise problems for surrounding neighbours. Rainwater detention to be solved within schoolyard. Toddlers and primary school share space
ProcessConsultation of neighbours, co-designing with children: 'I want to play with my sister from nursery, but there is a fence between us'.
ResultRainwater detention playable wadi. Combined fence/hill , ensuring nursery children cannot climb over it, but their older siblings can step over. We have learned to enclose planting more, to plant larger shrubs, to secure a good maintenance party and to avoid grass-hills in intensively used schoolyards, even though schools demand these.