Joppe Shaaper Reflection — DM

I found it interesting how the water is integrate into the city, reinforcing the idea I had about the city almost seems to be structured like an onion. The use of bridges is also really unique, Joppe explained how they have been integrated into the neighborhoods, and I’ve always found canals cool, so it’s interesting how they’ve incorporated that into the city. It makes you think what internal travel and trade would look like here when these were built, and concepts from city planning in general could even suggest this method was used to reduce traffics on the main roads. In the Delta Urbanisms readings, the idea of global trade was discussed as the waterways of Amsterdam were built around the industry. Similarly form Joppe’s explanation, it’s interesting to see how the water connects different parts of the city internally, reinforcing the idea that different markets were able to use these canals for trade and such.


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  1. I see the lines in Amsterdams canals become much more defined and reinforced, they see to perfect on the layers concept I touched on in my post — similar to an onion. The pictures from the 1900’s appear to show loads of domestic travel traffic, which would show that people were using these canals within the city to get around. The city seems to be sectored by industry and use, which would make sense why travel would be considered important throughout the city itself.
    I would like to know from Joppe on the Housing Act of 1901 and how it affected canal usage, and if they were considered into the designs. He brings up how there was little green space left, and I’m wondering how this development impacted the design of these canals. Would they become crammed between housing, was the housing too tall in proportion to the canal — making them feel tighter?


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