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A paved enclosed schoolyard has been turned into a playful green oasis in Amsterdam’s city center. Playable wadi, mud kitchen, herbal gardens, willow island, urban agriculture, outdoor class, discovery bushes, and so much more.

Schoolyard Aldoende

Challenges
No budgets, small chances for subsidy from the municipality.
Rainwater irrigation problems.
Process
Intergrating the school's educational and orthopedagogical view , the neighbour's wishes and children's needs + dreams, into a vision for a greener schoolyard, applying for subsidy, which the school has got!
Results
Together with Emma, we designed challenging surrounding bushes, two islands of greenery: one with willow-bushes and one playable wadi with decorative indigenous grasses. Herbal spirals, butterfly islands and greened walls complete this oasis. Planned march 2021.