Joppe Schaaper Reflection

He gave a great history of the process of creating the Amsterdam we see today. The visualization of the changes was particularly helpful for me to understand the changing waterways and the impact of that on Amsterdam and the Netherlands as a whole.

Joppe’s history lesson helped add context to the later expansion of the “onion” that was necessary because of immigration. The readings focused on how they added to the city and the technical changes made with canals, dikes, etc. Joppe added some interesting context to the changing

He touched on things like the “old church” and “new church” which are also found in cities like Delft. This makes me curious about the parallels/differences from city planning in comparison to Dutch religious identity and power. As mentioned the old and new church, built in the 13th and 15th centuries were Catholic, but there was a shift from Catholicism to Calvinism (or reformation broadly) and I’m curious if this had any relationship with the city changing architecturally outside of just the changing of church design.


Did Amsterdam architechure and planning change in ways other than church design after the conversion to Calvinism?

What other countries (if any) influenced the typical architecture of the city?


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  1. Like the styles that influenced the new Amsterdam architecture style. Each of those movements was fueled by political and social shifts in their respective countries. So what was going on in Amsterdam during the creation of this style, was it a rebellion or embraced?

    Is there a hierarchy in the current time of neighborhoods/locations to live within Amsterdam? Are there large income disparities?

    I found this very enlightening because I have mostly learned about the development of Amsterdam until the 17th century, so I enjoyed seeing the relationship between social issues that informed architecture and planning. I have always seen a similarity of the Bauhaus to Dutch modern architecture, but I think it is also similar to the Viennese architecture in the early 20th century as well, especially for the older buildings. Functionality has seemed like a key tenant of the Dutch architectural identity, creating its own beauty through that. This history lesson has reaffirmed the idea that Dutch culture is a melting pot to create its own unique identity.


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