‘The assignment is to generate ideas for an Open Fort that facilitates innovation in the cultural, social and economic domains. It should be an Open Fort that will stimulate the continued social, cultural and economic development of Amsterdam North.’ Our ideas for the characteristics of ‘the Fort’ are two-fold:
First, we agree that, the catalyst potential accumulated in this Fort is mandatory for initiating successful development. But, this can only function when carefully placed in, and connected to the site specific routing and surrounding urban tissue: fort as urban catalyst. Secondly, the concept of a fort as ‘fortified strategic position’ was crucial in Dutch history, as a way to colonize and appropriate foreign resources, known as colonialism. We state that, although we have condemned this practice of global injustice, we still have an active role in exploiting foreign eco-systems for one-sided egocentric benefits; fort as eco-consumer. How do we deal with sustainability?Eco-colonialismEach Dutch person needs an ecological footprint equivalent of 44,000 m2 worldwide; this includes croplands, food production, forest, fishing grounds, CO2 compensation (energy), O2 production and build-up land. Only one quarter of these requirements can be accommodated in the Netherlands, the remaining 33,000 m2 per person we have distributed outside of our official state boundaries. (1) In the evolution from green Earth to manufactured landscapes we establish an inefficient process of eco-detoriation by rapidly devaluating the quality of habitats worldwide. - Omega Point //.. World Sustainability Forum Amsterdam instigates the ‘World Sustainibility Forum’, a tipping point in global thinking regarding eco-colonialism. A sphere of thought, of maximum global complexity and consciousness’. It becomes the only place in the world where the total impact of our daily live becomes visible. -The building combines an outside natural spiral that represents 1 average eco-footprint with an inside evolution into the manufactured landscape linked with various program chambers and accumulating in this Forum. The building becomes a meeting ground for all players in the area of sustainable innovation and ecological development.