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Puzzle Amsterdam

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The General Expansion Plan (Algemeen Uitbreidingsplan, or AUP) is an urban plan for the Dutch city of Amsterdam drawn up in 1934 by the architect Cornelis van Eesteren. Based on the previous plan, the Zuid Plan of 1915, by Hendrik Petrus Berlage, the AUP regulated the expansion of the city due to the strong population growth that had occurred since the end of the 19th century.

Following a defined “survey before plan” strategy, Van Eesteren based the design process on empirical research founded on demographic and economic statistics, but also on the built heritage, industrial development, and on the city traffic.

Minimal urban units were defined, and housing, the most important element, was articulated with public spaces, commercial facilities and a transport network, following the functionalist principle of dedicating each space to a specific function: living, working and leisure. These units were grouped together in districts that shared larger-scale services such as large parks and public facilities.

Number of pieces: 540

Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm

Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm

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