Kick-off design contest for Bijlmerbajes

Published on
January 10, 2018

Today is the kick-off of the Green Student Challenge, a global design competition for an urban greenhouse in the old Bijlmerbajes prison. In total 24 student teams from across the world will take on this challenge to provide the old prison with ‘hanging’ gardens and its own food supply.

The challenge is organized as part of the centenary of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) this year. The students have until the 28th of August to make a design for an urban greenhouse in one of the six towers of the old Bijlmerbajes. As of today they can watch online lectures to prepare themselves and they will receive technical drawings and data of the old prison tower.

Bajes Quarter

Within a couple of years the Bijlmerbajes and its surroundings will be transformed to the ‘Bajes Quarter’: a green, car-free, energy neutral city district. A total of 1350 new houses will be created in this district, varying from houses for starters to luxury apartments. The Bajes Quarter will be designed to become particularly sustainable with lots of room for nature.

The green Student Challenge is part of this metamorphosis. Arnold Bregt, Dean of Education states that the subject fits WUR. ‘In terms of content, designing a green city falls within the knowledge domain of WUR. Additionally it fits our educational vision because it teaches students and challenges creative thinking.’


Rector Magnificus Arthur Mol will conduct the official opening, followed by a lecture from Erik Frijters, founder and director of FABRICations. This architectural firm has taken on the redevelopment of the Bijlmerbajes. In Frijters’ lecture he will talk about the trends in urban development and how you can design a more sustainable and circular environment.

Want to know which teams are competing in the Green Student Challenge? They introduce themselves in this film:

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