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NieuwLand is a community project combining a living collective, workplaces and a social-political neighbourhood centre in Dapperbuurt, Amsterdam Oost. We host non-commercial, volunteer-run activities based on solidarity and self-organisation. Discover the collectives that are part of NieuwLand!

De Nieuwland is een project in de Dapperbuurt (Amsterdam Oost) bestaande uit een woongroep, werkplaatsen en een sociaal-politiek buurtcentrum. Wij bieden ruimte aan niet-commerciële, door vrijwilligers georganiseerde activiteiten gebaseerd op zelfwerkzaamheid en solidariteit. Ontdek de collectieven die onderdeel zijn van de NieuwLand!

PUBLIC SPACE

PRINCIPLES

The public space in NieuwLand is managed together by residents, neighbours and collectives. We coordinate and host public and private activities that are either regular or one-off events, but always non-commercial, social-political and community-oriented.

We never ask for an entrance fee and we regularly host benefit events for political causes —and yet we still have to pay a monthly rent in order to maintain our autonomy. This is only possible with the generous donations that we receive during our events. You can also make a donation via NL34TRIO0197788440. The best way to support us is to keep the space busy with activities that you can organise yourself!

PRACTICALITIES

Perhaps you would like to organize a practical workshop, a reading group, a film screening, a game night or an acoustic performance. Perhaps you are a collective that is looking for a space to meet and to host events on a somewhat regular basis. Or maybe you are interested in supporting our existing programme by giving us a hand with cooking or serving.

The main space that can host up to 50 people and it comes with vegan kitchen, refreshment counter, video projector and sound system. A separate meeting room for 20 people is available for more private gatherings, with computers and flipcharts. There is also access to the garden until 10pm (if the weather allows).

DO IT YOURSELF!

You might be wondering how to get involved! Come meet us on a Friday evening or during any other event. You can also send an e-mail to info@nieuwland.cc or fill out the contact form below. Looking forward to see you among us!





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Nieuwland

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Nieuw[er]Land had its first public meeting!

Last Monday, our very first public meeting brought together 20 enthusiastic people with diverse skills and experiences —all dedicated to make a postcapitalist urban commune a reality! We started with some presentations on Soweto, NieuwLand and the new project; you can find the slides here and here. After a round of introductions we split in two groups to discuss the material (design & sustainability) and immaterial (process & community) aspects more in depth. Below are some points that stood out:

DESIGN / SUSTAINABILITY

  • The envelope (general dimensions of the building) is subject to change to better accommodate sound isolation specifications.
  • The first phase of the application is more about the process and financial model and less about the design.
  • There is a cooperative in the neighbourhood to use the heat from the data center nearby, we will get in touch with them.
  • We are dedicated to open-source our process and models to influence other projects.
  • The building could mark the location with a strong identity, inspiring vision.

PROCESS / COMMUNITY

  • We strive for an intentionally diverse community, with intergenerational, queer and racial representation, as well as abilities, origins and incomes.
  • “I want this project to happen, even if I don’t get to live there myself.”
  • Even if this specific application fails, we have the structure to keep working together, so we can carry this project elsewhere if necessary.
  • How could we involve the already-existing community and NOT to be a gentrification force against our will?
  • How much would we be comfortable with compromises, or alternatively, how much are we willing to try and bend the rules?

NEXT STEPS

  • check out the Tumblr where you can post inspirations or questions!
  • signup on Slack to get more actively involved in the process!
  • spread the word about the next public meeting on 15 July 7pm!
  • save the date: 11 or 12 August for BBQ at Archimedesplantsoen!

…and let’s keep dreaming and scheming! 🏗

Solar panels

After spending quite a few hours on research, talking about permits,
different ‘monumental categories’ and of course drinking coffee,
we have a bunch of solar panels on the roof of the Nieuwland.

The revenue that they will generate -solar panels are financially
speaking very lucrative in the long run- will be distributed among
the different users of the building.

Anyone interested in the process,
please ask around!

We have the permits!!!

Friday, 21st November: At exactly 10:58h, on behalf of Soweto woningbouwvereniging, board members Carla and Clemens signed the contract that makes us the proud owner of our first building.

It was an exciting moment at our notary’s office, waiting for the bank’s notary to approve. After having signed all necessary papers, it only slowly emerged to us that we just purchased the Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93-95.

The work is far from being over – however, thanks to a first installment from the bank together with all other support, we managed to acquire the building – a huge achievement!

Next steps are to continue working on more funding in order to rebuild the house. Parallel to that we are already preparing for the renovation work – updates about tools, plans and lots of volunteers will follow soon. And, there will be a party…tbc

Grand Opening Day!

Open Day Pieter Nieuwlandstraat
Saturday, 13 December, 2014 – 14:00 to 20:00

Come and visit the newly purchased building, Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93-95.

14:00: tours and getting to know the space
15:00: Dolan Jones and friends
16:00: Magical History Tour
17:00: talks on Soweto and the public space
19:00: Beatzers

Renovation begins...

Monday, 8 December, 2014 – 10:00

Beginning of december the official rebuilding work started. All volunteers, future volunteers, and interested people are warmly welcome to be part of the ‘zelfwerkzamheid’.