Housing cooperatives are a key player in the push for affordable and dignified housing against speculative markets. They enable tenants and users to reclaim part of the housing market according to their needs and concerns. Increasing the amount of community-driven social houses will also make the housing market more resilient in times of economic crises. Amsterdam has been an early pioneer in social cooperative housing and has always made room for innovation and development: By building upon this history, we intend to go further than our predecessors and prototype a housing cooperative fit for a new era.
We focus on becoming an experimental testing ground for future forms of co-living and equal social relationships in society. To that end, we want to foster a diverse, inclusive and democratically structured community. Our notion of diversity does not stop at nationality and income classes. It expands to ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, education, ability, marital, parental status and the list goes on.
dNM is about building shared infrastructures that allow us to take care of each other, the environment as well as the people that surround us. Communal infrastructures are facilities, procedures and values that we commonly build and rebuild, share and pass on. In many cases, communal infrastructures will also be made available to the people surrounding dNM, contributing to liveliness and inclusion in the neighbourhood.
dNM aims to be a pioneering and exemplary project in co-housing, sustainable building, caregiving and self-management. We are collaborating with designers, researchers and media to make dNM's design and experience widely accessible to the general public as a blueprint for future replications and adaptations. Our ambition is to be at the forefront of the collective effort to future-proof the development of Amsterdam.
de Nieuwe Meent is designed as a large co-living organism which offers a mix of independent social housing units and shared apartments for self-organized living groups, plus communal facilities and public spaces open the the city.
Today, any discourse around re-thinking the future must address climate change. To face this challenge, cities need to radically minimize the resources they use and the waste materials they generate. We understand that the environmental impact of dNM includes the entire lifecycle of the building – from its construction and use, to its repurposing. Therefore, dNM will strive to be circular, carbon neutral, and adaptive.
More importantly, saving resources is about using less of them. We will share our common facilities – from the washing machine to tools, the toy collection and clothes for children. Because many facilities are shared, costs will also be lower. Energy will come from renewable sources integrated in the building. Crucially, in the face of an even more unpredictable future and given the likelihood of dNM residents changing, we have embedded high flexibility and adaptability in the building design, allowing dNM to be resilient and long-lasting.