Zuidas is in search of green ideas, to reflect the plans for a green Zuidas (in Dutch). As someone involved in the development of Zuidas, you can use this form (in Dutch) to submit your ideas (in Dutch or English). The deadline is 20 May. Also, be sure to attend the Make it Green! kick-off meeting on 7 May (in Dutch, meeting also in Dutch).
Zuidas is a city district that’s developing fast. Inevitably, green areas will be sacrificed. But there are also ambitious plans to make Zuidas green. How can these two aims be reconciled? This is the dilemma faced by Mai van der Heide, Green project manager, and Kim Kool, landscape architect. ‘The Make it Green! project is all part of the Plan for a Green Zuidas (Plan voor een groene Zuidas)’, says Van der Heide. ‘The plan covers all of the green initiatives we intend to implement over the next five years. It’s based on a vision agreed by the City Council for which € 10 million is being made available. The aim is to improve existing green areas where there is space and add new areas of green as well. The emphasis is on quality: in other words, plants with a long lifespan and of different types. Not just grass and not just trees. Perhaps equally importantly: we intend to create green areas that will look good throughout the seasons and are accessible and available to everyone. Green areas that help protect the city climate in the longer term, creating a habitat for plants and animals.’