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DOCKLANDS

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DOCKLANDS PROJECT

Docklands is an ongoing research, documenting the transition of former harbor areas in Amsterdam, New York and London.

Focusing on the high demand for living near the water, the project tries to get a grip on shifting social demographics, waterfront development and similarities within these cities.

Amsterdam, New York and London were once great harbors, where many ships were built. This industrial labor required vast open spaces and created jobs and a community of dockworkers in nearby residences. During an era of globalization and growth, these docklands were relocated elsewhere and the areas fell into decay.  

The 1980’s marked a transition, when city councils started to re-appropriate these areas as potential housing projects for the high demands for living in the city, near the waterfront. 

During the process of making this body of work, I produce a publication on each city, highlighting a specific element of the transition. These series are sub-stories to the larger theme and research. As the project evolves, connections will be made between these capitals, working towards a larger book and exhibition in 2020.  

The sub-stories are found under their titles, and the publications can be purchased through my online-store.

The research and continuation of the project can be followed on this page. 

The project is supported by AFK and Mondriaanfonds. 

 


 

AMSTERDAM

PUBLICATION AVAILABLE THIS NOVEMBER

 

APPROPRIATING THE CITY 

Amsterdam's Docklands are located on the west of the river IJ, which leads you into the still operational harbors. Within this area, one former dockland has been out of function for years, the ADM wharf. After its bankruptcy in 1985, the ADM has been appropriated by people who reside, work and cultivate within the area. Over twenty years time, the ADM has transformed into a cultural hub and micro-society which defies the ideas on large scale development, masterplans and use of space in general.  


 


 

NEW YORK

LOT - PUBLICATION AVAILABLE

 

PUBLIC-PRIVATE-SPACE

In New York, the project questions the function of public space within the residential area of Red Hook, also regarding the community of Red Hook. 

The area of Red Hook is a small neighborhood in Brooklyn. The typical grid for the street plan results in a large amount of intersections. 

A streetcorner is the location which lies adjacent to an intersection of two roads. Such locations are important in terms of local planning and commerce, usually being the locations of street signs and lamp posts, as well as being a prime spot to locate a business due to visibility and accessibility from traffic going along either of the adjacent streets. 

Due to this visibility, street-corners are the choice location for activities ranging from panhandling to prostitution to protests to petition signature drives, hence the term "street-corner politics". This makes street-corners a good location to observe human activity, for purposes of learning what environmental structures best fit that activity. A street corner can serve as a social meeting place. Street corner life is normally founded in low-income areas all around the world in urbanized structures.

The work resulted in a series, LOT, that flows through the streets of Red Hook, with the street corners as a typological backbone to the narrative. 

 

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