ArgumentNo. 1/2009

Urban Regeneration Model – Netherlands. Case Study – Breda

Abstract

The Dutch architecture studio Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) headed by architect Rem Koolhaas, has designed Chasse Campus masterplan, plan containing famous towers signed by the architect Xaveer de Geyter, Chasse Park, Chasse Theatre signed by Herman Herzberger and the Opera Building signed by Erick van Egeraat, projects that have transformed definitely downtown Breda into a great urban regeneration example.

For the city there have been designed and made new residencial neighborhoods, and the old, after the 2nd World War, neighborhoods have been restructured.

The same architectural quality could be found also in the industrial areas, on the city outskirts.

On European level, Breda has attended the CLIP2 project. At national level, Breda is part of the G27 (27 largest cities) – which means it gets money to solve major problems related to the city itself. In the Brabant province, the five largest cities cooperate with each other, through the B5 program: Tilburg, Eindhoven, s’Hertogenbosch, Breda and Helmond. Breda is the only city in the west area of the region. B5 work together in many fields, as the ‘Brabant-City’, aimed to form a partnership of the major cities in Europe.

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