Urban Governance and Social Innovation

The Bajeskwartier District

The Healthy Urban Living Lab


The Healthy Urban Living Lab has moved into the building that once housed the Bijlmer prison. In this Living Lab, the central focus is the current and future users of the Bajeskwartier. Together with these users, the Lab is exploring how best to design the area so that it will encourage movement and personal contact – crucial factors for good health and well-being – to the greatest possible degree.

In cooperation with the area and real estate developer AM (part of the Royal BAM Group), a variety of neighbourhood experiments will be developed, set up and conducted by researchers and AUAS students. The central research question is: 'How can this new neighbourhood accommodate its residents’ need to be healthy and have a healthy lifestyle, get sufficient exercise and get together with one another?'


How can public space be designed in such a way that people feel healthy and act in healthy ways? What encourages healthy exercise and movement and personal contact between neighbours? The Health and Environment research group will present the results of the research to the project developer AM. They will do so not after the neighbourhood has been completed, but during the construction process. This will yield a unique interaction between knowledge and application.


Living Lab method: Living Labs are characterised by being an intentional part of an environment such as a district or neighbourhood. That environment is subject to change and the presence of a Living Lab will impact the course of those changes. The involvement and participation of all stakeholders are crucial in this regard. By working together to formulate the issues, cooperating closely in the research itself and learning from one another along the way – both from the chosen approach and the results achieved – it is possible to find new solutions that will retain their value in the long term.


Minor and major interventions that AM can apply to promote good health among all target groups that come to live and work in the Bajeskwartier district.


14 May 2020

Project Info

Start date 01 Jan 2018
End date 31 Dec 2021