CONNECTING WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Before starting the project Gemeente Amsterdam warned us that the people who live in the H-buurt are a hard targetgroup. They do not like to talk to people, especially not people from the Gemeente Amsterdam.
But eventually we did connect with these people. Because of the briefing of the Gemeente Amsterdam, we focused on making the Nelson Mandela Park more attractive. After talking to them, we discovered that making the neighboorhood or the park attractive was not solving any problems. Ofcourse It was nice to make it pretty but the people there didn’t feel a connection with the art that was already there, and the route to the Park was a little bit scary. We discovered they wanted to be more involved about what is happening in their neighborhood. Most of the people were immigrants and had interesting stories they wanted to share to show people the Bijlmer wasn’t as bad as the media portraits it. We connected with these people in a way, that they were open about what they wanted to see in their neighbourhood. They felt that the Gemeente Amsterdam didn't put any effort in connecting with them.