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Impact Development: two recent projects

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Many real estate projects are initiated with the primary goal to gain financial return. But what if we use our expertise on creating environments to gain social or ecological return – while still offering competitive financial returns?

To figure this out, D/DOCK works on three different ‘impact development’ projects. Each has their own local social and/or ecological challenges. 

Case 1: Geuzenveld, Amsterdam

Geuzenveld is a neighborhood that has social challenges, such as 41% illiteracy. We are working together with investors, social housing corporations, the municipality and the university of Amsterdam on a specific redevelopment project. The question at hand: how can we have a positive impact on the local social challenges by this redevelopment project?

In a few weeks, a new bachelor program of the UvA & ASRE will start which will deep dive into this question. Stay tuned for more info about this collaboration.

Case 2: Symbiotic District, Sweden:

Listed real estate investor Kungsleden is working on an area development concept called “Symbiotic District”, in which ecological and social impact are the drivers of financial return. D/DOCK and Kungsleden teamed up with the Swedish architecture firm Wingårdhs and the international consultancy and engineering organization WSP. More info on Duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl in Dutch (in English