2022 edition of Young Innovators launched | News report

News item | 23/08/2022 | 15:32

Just before the summer, the government’s advisers and the fellow customers selected six Young Innovators for this year. They will work with research by design, where spatial and social themes reinforce each other and offer new, inspiring perspectives. With this Young Innovator programme, the government advisors connect young, talented architects, interior designers, urban planners and landscape architects to major spatial tasks such as climate adaptation, energy transition, sustainable urbanization & mobility and agricultural transition.

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Law enforcement

Studio Obscura, Kasia Nowak and Jens Jorritsma will work for Atelier Politiebouwmeester on the transformation task of the 1975 police station ‘De Eenhoorn’ in Amsterdam. Francesco Veenstra leads the project as state architect. The question is to what extent this building is still appropriate and desirable in the housing portfolio of the Amsterdam unit. In addition, the possible redevelopment of this object, the building in its surroundings, the social impact of this type of object, the visibility of the police in the city and possible joint use by other government and/or chain partners and possibly is also investigated. The building and its surroundings are characteristic of comparable design tasks in Groningen, Utrecht and Arnhem, among others. The results from the Young Innovator course can therefore also be used more widely.

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For the State’s Estate Agent, Charlotte van der Woude is investigating the question of how the Rijksboerenland in Noordoostpolder will develop into a Rijksboerenland of the future. From the new fertile reclaimed landscape with pioneering farmers associated with ‘Never More Hunger’ to the current still fertile polder where, despite the favorable soil, there are various challenges to achieve sustainable circular agriculture. Since mining, much has changed in the nature of agriculture, the condition of the land and the water system. Especially in Noordoostpolder, the situation is locally problematic in order to continue farming at regular intervals. What are the new options? Government adviser Jannemarie de Jonge will guide Charlotte van der Woude in this.

The holiday park of the future

Voids Urbanism has been selected for the task of the Vitale Vakantieparken fonden to design a scenario regarding the ‘Holiday Park of the Future’. How can this be considered in light of the recent development of holiday parks in Gelderland? In the parks, among other things, subversion, fire safety and permanent residence are now at stake. How can ‘Fremtidens Park’ offer a solution in this connection and at the same time offer a solution to sustainability themes and opportunities such as energy transition, climate adaptation, biodiversity and circularity? In addition to the many holiday parks, there are other areas in the Veluwe that will be transformed in the coming years, such as defense areas and country estates. What is their future role? Wouter Veldhuis guides Voids in this task.


The extension of Nagele is the task of the Nordoostpolder municipality, which Dérive, the office for research, architecture and urban strategies, will focus on. They will receive guidance from government advisor Wouter Veldhuis. Nagele faces an important task. The lack of housing market has also reached this village and the village wants to expand. In recent years, the focus has been particularly on renewing the existing housing stock and expanding the village. These options are now gone. Expansion provides a unique opportunity to raise the quality of life and create more support for facilities in the village. But how do you expand a village known since its inception for the innovative nature of its design? Then an ‘ordinary allocation’ is not sufficient. An extension of Nagele therefore benefits from the inspiration and design power of a Young Innovator.


Agroforestry is seen as a promising development to better connect nature and agriculture and at the same time contribute to the transition to a nature-inclusive agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has introduced this subject and Young Innovator Berte Daan has been selected for this. The development of agroforestry reveals a number of bottlenecks in terms of integration into the landscape. Current regulations in area plans, among other things, aim to protect characteristic characteristics or functions in the landscape in question. Agroforestry does not always correspond well with these characteristics or functions. In what way can agroforestry enrich the landscape and how can agroforestry be used in landscapes where this is currently a problem? Jannemarie de Jonge supervises Berte Daan in this task.

The Binckhorst

De Binckhorst is an old industrial area in The Hague, on the edge of the city center and adjacent to Voorburg and Rijswijk. With RVB as co-client and Francesco Veenstra as supervisor, Nadia Pepels from Studio Nadianena will take a closer look at Binckhorst. The Statens Ejendomsmægler has two large buildings located by the railway in Binckhorst, where officials are to be accommodated, combined with a public program and housing. The image created by a wall of officials along the track is undesirable. Within Binckhorsten, social issues must also be resolved, such as: sufficient affordable housing, a climate adaptation and healthy living environment and reuse of existing buildings. Mixing functions such as living, working and a social program strengthens the integrated approach and helps to make community building, environment and urbanity more sustainable. How can the state’s real estate contribute to this in temporary and permanent development?

The Young Innovators work on the tasks until the end of December. The report from the preliminary presentation in October and the results of the program at the end of December will be shared via the website of the government advisers.

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