Development plan for Meerzorg

Development plan for Meerzorg

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Design driven participatory research towards a plan for Meerzorg, Commewijne

Meerzorg, the research area of this thesis, is a former plantation located in Commewijne, east of Paramaribo on the right bank of the Suriname River. With its 1081 km2 and more than ten thousand inhabitants, Meerzorg is the largest resort in Commewijne. Meerzorg is directly connected to the capital by the Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge, which was inaugurated in 2000. Before that, the river crossing was done by boat.

Meerzorg's former plantation structure gives rise to amorphous urban development, without a pronounced core, that strains the rural and green character of Meerzorg, accelerated by formal and informal building rage and increasing economic activity.

For this development strategy, six focal points were focused on; the traffic infrastructure, the shortage of public functions, the distribution of potential of the ferry square, the introduction of a core structure, the intensification of the water structure and the injection of agriculture.

  • Authors:
    • Kathy Baeyens
    • Yari Dockx

    • Johan De Walsche (Promotor)
    • Filip Hanjoul (Promotor)
    • Hans Martinus (Promotor)
  • Period:
    • 2012 — 2013  

    • Architecture

    • Master thesis

    • Anton De Kom Universiteit van Suriname