The Puccinimethode stands for the high-quality physical design of Amsterdam’s public spaces: all the roads, squares, parks and gardens. The Puccinimethode defines the methods and materials used to make them. Profiles and accompanying design principles are developed for different kinds of roads. Various important details are prepared. The choice of materials for the kind of tile, brick or storm drain is defined. A good and especially smart balance between innovation and standardisation is important in this. Standardising the combination wherever possible, yet also leaving space for specialisation and customisation, creates a typical Amsterdam street scene that forms a logical, coherent and peaceful backdrop for life in the busy city.
The gemeente Amsterdam takes design seriously and also uses it seriously: just as with other projects, this ‘design system’ is proof of this in the street scene of the city. It is logical that the Puccinimethode lies somewhat hidden beneath the surface yet remains enormously meaningful and impactful. For both the future of the Amsterdam street scene and the way in which local authorities can define their own framework for consistent implementation. A careful, almost artisanal method. And because the local authority prioritises quality, it so defines the right framework for an adequate implementation: a basic condition for serious, good and especially careful commissioning.